Carrigaline woman accused of stealing €40k worth of smartphones

Carrigaline woman accused of stealing €40k worth of smartphones

Emma Fehily is charged with two counts of deception and 67 counts of theft.

A WOMAN accused of stealing approximately €40,000 worth of smartphones at a business premises in East Cork over a two-year period was brought before Cork District Court on 69 charges today.

Garda Cormac Ryan formally arrested Emma Fehily, aged 35, with an address at 3 Fern Drive, Kilmoney, Carrigaline, and charged her with two counts of deception and 67 counts of theft.

The two deception charges refer to a period between January 17, 2017, and November 15, 2018, at Rockwell Automation, IDA industrial estate, Midleton, did dishonestly by deception induce a woman to do an act with the intention of making a gain for herself (Emma Fehily) based on an invoice purported to be genuine.

Each of the other 67 charges refers to the theft of a phone, up to the value of €810 for an Apple iPhone.

Sergeant John Kelleher said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial by indictment at Cork Circuit Criminal Court and had also consented to the accused being sent forward on a signed plea of guilty should that arise.

Defence solicitor, Eddie Burke, who represented the accused on free legal aid, said the accused would be signing pleas of guilty to the charges.

Judge Olann Kelleher adjourned the case, with Fehily on bail, until October 17 so that the accused could enter a signed plea of guilty on that occasion.

No details of the offences were given in court today.

A full outline will be given in court when the case comes up for sentencing at Cork Circuit Criminal Court later this month.

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