CO DONEGAL, Ireland - A cunning barmaid stole $1,330 from a club and concealed it in her pants.
Cash was taken from the Pulse Nightclub in Letterkenny, County Donegal, by Emmanuela Ogbeifo, who attempted to conceal it in her bra.
But alert security personnel were able to catch the 19-year-old student on CCTV.
Ogbeifo was charged with stealing and appeared in Letterkenny District Court in Co. Donegal.
On December 17 last year, the third-level psychology student committed the cunning theft.
The court was informed that the nightclub owner, Mr. Mark Crossan, called the Gardai to report that an employee robbed the till.
The Gardai were shown CCTV footage of Ms. Ogbeifo taking cash out of the register and putting it in her jacket.
The accused initially denied taking the money, but she later admitted it and took out more money from her bra.
Ms. Ogbeifo, a student at Maynooth University, was born in Ireland to Nigerian parents and lived in Ard Ban, Long Lane, Letterkenny.
She has never been convicted of a crime before.
According to her attorney, Mr. Frank Dorrian, his client was extremely ashamed of the embarrassment the incident had caused Ms. Ogbeifo and her family.
He claimed that the accused woman expressed her sincere regret for having brought "disgrace" upon herself and her family and that the family had strong Christian views.
He also mentioned that the incident occurred close to Christmas and that she had been tempted.
"This was intended to go wrong. I'm not sure how she thought she would succeed because a camera was recording the till, and the staff was aware of this," he said.
According to Mr. Dorrian, his client was the first member of her family to complete a third level of education, and her family had very little money.
The accuser had no prior convictions, and the judge noted that her family was from a low-income background.
However, she added that since this occurred while the accused was in a position of trust and breached that trust, she would have to mark a conviction.
She gave Ms. Ogbeifo a €200 fine and six months to pay it.