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Sunday 4 December 2016

Phone scam student was 'always going to be caught'

Alex Akinrolie was 'hanging around with the wrong crowd'
Alex Akinrolie was 'hanging around with the wrong crowd'

A student who tried to scam a new mobile phone from a telecommunications company found acclimatising to Irish culture "difficult", a court heard.

Alex Akinrolie (21) was caught after he gave his own mobile number to the courier.

His lawyer said Akinrolie was hanging around with the wrong crowd at the time and had difficulty "acclimatising to Ireland and a different culture".

Judge David McHugh ordered Akinrolie to complete 120 hours of community service in lieu of four months in prison.

The defendant, of Coolmine Court, Clonsilla, had admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to making gain or causing loss by deception.

Det Gda John Murphy said Akinrolie ordered a mobile phone worth €659 from the three.ie website on May 24, 2013.

The officer said the defendant used a debit card, and the details on the card did not match the details of the person who placed the order.

Gda Murphy said the mobile phone was delivered by courier to Akinrolie's home on May 28, 2013.

He said gardai intercepted the delivery and the phone was seized.

The court heard that the defendant had no previous convictions.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Akinrolie was "always going to be caught" because he gave his own mobile phone number to the courier.

Sophisticated

Ms Jackson said Akinrolie found getting used to a new culture difficult, and at the time of the incident he was hanging around with the wrong peer group.

She said Akinrolie has not come to garda attention since, and he is now a full-time student.

She also said he is no longer associating with the same crowd of people.

Imposing the community service order, Judge McHugh said the crime was "quite a sophisticated matter".

However, Ms Jackson said it had not been Akinrolie's "brainchild".

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