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Community worker Daye stole £133k to feed gambling habit

By Ashleigh McDonald

A woman has admitted stealing more than £133,000 from two community organisations in west Belfast.

Ann Marie Daye, from Summerhill Gardens in Dunmurry, appeared in Belfast Crown Court, where she pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by an employee.

The court heard the 49-year-old's offending "stemmed from a gambling addiction".

Daye admitted stealing £95,632.50 from the Lenadoon Community Forum on dates between December 31, 2008 and August 1, 2013. She also pleaded guilty to a second charge of stealing £38,170 from the Lenadoon Women's Group on the same dates.

The total amount of money stolen by Daye, who at the time worked for both organisations, was £133,802.50

A prosecutor told the court that because of the two guilty pleas, the Crown was not proceeding with two additional charges Daye initially faced -namely, two counts of fraud by abuse of position that would be left on the books.

The prosecutor also revealed that Daye had come before the court with a clear criminal record.

Defence barrister Joe Brolly told Judge Sandra Crawford that his client's offending "stemmed from a gambling addiction" and that she was attending both Gamblers Anonymous and Lifeline.

Mr Brolly said that when Daye was arrested, she made "full admissions" during a police interview.

A pre-sentence report will now be compiled on the Dunmurry woman, who was released on continuing bail and ordered to return to court on April 21 for sentencing.

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