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Saturday 10 December 2016

Security man fined over stolen computer

A HOSPITAL security guard who kept a laptop that he found "on a bin" has admitted handling stolen property.

Prince Usani (50) did not steal the laptop but took it home after finding it.

Judge Michael Coughlan fined him €300 at Dublin District Court.

Usani, of Lios Cian, Swords, pleaded guilty to handling stolen property at his home.

The court heard a laptop was stolen from the Mater Hospital on December 22, 2014. The victim had security set up that took a picture of the person who opened it.

The accused was identified and admitted possession of the laptop.

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Usani had worked in security in a number of hospitals through an agency, his barrister said.

He had come to Ireland in 2003 and was made a citizen in 2014.

He had found the computer on a bin but was "probably aware that it did belong to somebody".

He had been suspended from his position as a result of the offence. His wife also worked in the hospital area, his barrister continued.

The accused had four children.

A garda told Judge Michael Coghlan that the computer was usable and returned to the owner.

"Next time, it will be a lot more serious," said Judge Coghlan as he convicted and fined Usani.

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