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Monday 23 October 2017

Youth had stolen phone bought with fake card

A TEENAGER accepted a stolen mobile phone from a delivery man which had been bought with a fraudulent Laser card, a court heard.

Benjamin Akinrogbe (19) was caught with the Apple iPhone after gardai set up a surveillance operation.

Judge David McHugh imposed a four-month sentence, suspended for one year.

The defendant, of Weston Meadows in Lucan, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to handling a stolen mobile phone.

CONVICTIONS

Garda John Santry said an investigator with Hutchison 3G Ireland contacted gardai on March 15 in relation to his suspicions that an Apple iPhone 5, worth €759, had been bought with a fraudulent National Irish Bank Laser card. Gda Santry said gardai set up a surveillance operation and a controlled delivery was made.

The court heard the defendant had two previous convictions as a juvenile.

Defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Akinrogbe is originally from Nigeria but came to Ireland when he was just one year old.

Judge McHugh said he was giving Akinrogbe one final chance to work with the probation services.

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