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Friday 18 August 2017

Manager bought phone that was stolen

A PHARMACY manager who bought a smartphone from a man in a supermarket carpark has been convicted of handling stolen property.

Adina Ghile (37) paid €350 for the phone as a present for her 12-year-old daughter and was shocked when gardai arrived at her home with a warrant and seized it.

Dublin District Court heard the mother-of-two insisted she had no idea it was stolen when she bought it from a man she had been put in contact with through an acquaintance.

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Judge Victor Blake found her guilty and fined her €200.

Ghile, of Willow Crescent, Celbridge, Co Kildare, had pleaded not guilty to possession of stolen property.

The court heard the Samsung Galaxy, worth €600 new, was stolen in a car break-in at Irishtown on May 9.

Garda Bryan Hunt discovered the phone was being used by the accused's daughter.

On June 5, he called to Ghile's house and the accused produced the phone, which she said she had bought in the car park of Superquinn, Lucan.

She gave the garda a number for the man she said she bought the phone from, but the number did not exist and had never been registered.

Ghile said she had wanted to buy a phone for her daughter and someone she knew gave her the seller's number.

He told her it was his, but it was too big for him. She said she met him in the car park and he removed his SIM card.

Ghile bought a new card for her daughter and gave the phone to her daughter.

"I was absolutely in shock," she said of the gardai arriving at her home.

Ghile would not have purchased the phone if she had suspected it was stolen, her solicitor said.

Judge Blake said the accused had been reckless as there was no question of her getting a receipt for the phone.

aphelan@herald.ie

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