Sunday 23 October 2016

Cyclist accused of snatching phone

Dublin District Court

Robert Costello
Robert Costello

A student who allegedly stole a woman's mobile phone by snatching it from her hand as he cycled past was stopped by onlookers as he tried to get away.

Robert Costello (26) is accused of taking the phone as he passed the 45-year-old woman on Dublin's quays.

The case against him was adjourned at Dublin District Court.

Sgt Niall Murphy said the woman was walking along Eden Quay, holding her mobile phone in her hand, at 6.25pm on August 4.

It was alleged that the accused cycled past, took the phone from her hand and continued to cycle away.

Several passers-by who witnessed the alleged theft stopped the accused and retrieved the woman's phone.

Sgt Murphy said there was no allegation that any violence was used.

Judge John O'Neill accepted jurisdiction, which means the case can be dealt with at district court level instead of being sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.


A summary of the evidence was given to the defence and the judge said it could be checked if there was CCTV evidence.

Defence solicitor Mairead White consented to a two-month adjournment.

Legal aid was granted.

Mr Costello, of Liberty House, Dublin 1, was remanded on continuing bail to a date later this month.

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