Thief (18) befriended victim to steal phone
A YOUTH "befriended" a younger teenager in order to rob him of his mobile phone while two accomplices kept a lookout, a court heard.
Conor Keith (18) put his arm around the victim and led him down a city centre side street, where he went through his pockets and stole the victim's smart phone.
Keith, of Lambourne Road, Clonsilla, pleaded guilty to stealing the youth's mobile phone at Strand Street Great on April 26.
The DPP had consented to the case being dealt with at District Court level on a guilty plea only.
The court heard that gardai were on plain-clothes patrol in the Temple Bar area at 10.45pm when they saw three men walk across the Ha'penny Bridge to Liffey Street, where Keith stopped a 17-year-old.
The two accomplices kept watch while the defendant stole the Samsung phone. No violence was used during the incident, but the victim was intimidated and afraid.
Judge William Early noted that Keith had no previous convictions and said if the accused came to no further garda attention and cooperated with the probation service, he would look at "alternatives to a custodial penalty".
The case was adjourned until October 16. Keith was remanded on continuing bail for a probation report to be produced.