An employee and a former manager at Tesco in Deerpark, Killarney have been charged with handling thousands of euro worth of stolen goods from the store.
28 year old James Gough, formerly a department manager at the store and 29 year old Ann Regan a current employee both with an address at Carrigaline Rathmore, were charged at a special sitting of Killarney District Court with handling €37,000 euro worth of ipads and Samsung tablets at Ballinacarrig Firies on the 13th of October 2013. James Gough and Ann Regan were charged under section 17 of the Criminal Justice Act 2001. Garda Michelle Roach told the court that a search under warrent of the rented home in Firies was carried out and the items were found which lead to the charges. Gardai sought bail of 5000 euro for Mr Gough and 500 euro for Ms Regan. Solicitor for Mr Gough, Brendan Bradley opposed the amount for bail stating his client did not have the means to come up with that much. Superintendent Flor Murphy argued that Mr Gough had left the jurisdiction in December 2013 while he was a person of interest in the investigation into the theft and as such was a flight risk.
Mr Gough told Judge James O Connor that he had left for just 7 days due to difficulties in his relationship and had been living in Killorglin and Rathmore since December 2013.
Ms Regan made an offer to hand over her car, worth €2,700 euro to Killarney Gardai as well as 450 euro in cash which Judge James O Connor accepted.
Both were ordered to appear again before the court on the 6th of October