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Garda resigns after pleading guilty to corruption, deception and theft

John O'Halloran pleaded guilty to 11 sample charges from more than 200 charges at Cork Circuit Court. Source: RTE.

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A member of An Garda Síochána who pleaded guilty to corruption, theft and fraud offences has resigned from the force.

John O’Halloran, 46, from South Douglas Road, Cork, last month pleaded guilty to 11 sample charges from more than 200 charges at Cork Circuit Court.

He had worked as a community garda and was based at Barrack Street Garda station in Cork city.

O’Halloran’s defence counsel, Siobhan Lankford, confirmed in court today that O’Halloran had resigned from the force and asked for the case to be adjourned until February for sentencing.

Ms Lankford told Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin that she was not looking for any reports to be carried out but will be presenting character references.

Judge Ó Donnabháin adjourned sentencing until 26 February 2018.

At last month’s hearing, O’Halloran pleaded guilty to three counts of corruption, one of making a gain by deception and seven counts of theft, on various dates between June 2009 and September 2015 in Cork.

The deception charge relates to O’Halloran inducing a resident of Connaught Avenue in Cork in November 2013 to give him €5,500 by claiming he had got a tax bill for €11,550 from the Revenue Commissioners.

Three of the sample theft charges related to O’Halloran stealing monies at AIB Bank, Western Road, Cork from the CIÉ pension scheme for staff between December 2011 and September 2014.

While the corruption charges relate to him corruptly obtaining cheques for €785.40, €1,994.56 and €949.24 which were all drawn on the UCC Students’ Union account at AIB Bank, College Road Cork.