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Monday 18 December 2017

Dad was assaulted after being caught with stolen PlayStation

Conor Howarth’s confidence is ‘very, very low’, said solicitor
Conor Howarth’s confidence is ‘very, very low’, said solicitor

A young man was assaulted by other individuals soon after it was discovered he had been caught with a stolen Play- Station, a court has heard.

Conor Howarth (21) is a young man whose confidence is "very, very low" and he needs supervision, his solicitor said.

The case was before Judge Dermot Dempsey for sentencing after he had ordered a probation report.

Judge Dempsey ordered Howarth to enter into a 12-month probation supervision bond.

The defendant, of Pinewood Green Lawns, Balbriggan, had admitted having a stolen PlayStation 3, worth €200.

Gda Neil Cotter said he was on patrol at Pinewood Green Avenue, Balbriggan, shortly after 8pm on July 8 last year when he stopped Howarth.

He had a PlayStation 3 in his possession, which had been stolen the previous night.

Remorseful

Gda Cotter told Swords District Court that the console was in good working order and was handed back to the owner.

Defence solicitor Fiona Kelly said Howarth has not come to the attention of gardai since this incident.

She said he was extremely remorseful for his actions.

Ms Kelly said the defendant now realised, through working with the probation service, that there was a victim to the crime.

She also said there were repercussions for the defendant following this incident, as he was assaulted by unknown individuals.

She added that Howarth was a young man whose confidence was "very, very low" and he would benefit hugely from the supervision of the probation service.

Ms Kelly also said Howarth was a new father, and he wanted to be able to support his child and long-term partner.

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