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Sunday 19 August 2018

Mum kept 23 stolen laptops in her house

A MOTHER-of-four has been given an 18-month suspended sentence for possessing 23 laptops stolen from a computer repair shop.

Zefi Farcas (40) of Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin, claimed an "Irish man" approached her at Northside Market near the Northside Shopping Centre, sold her the laptops for €800 and had them delivered to her home a short time later.

Detective Garda Michael Owens revealed that Farcas, a Romanian national, later said in interview that she would never have bought the computers, which she had intended to give to family members as gifts, had she known they were stolen.

She pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the stolen laptops at her home on March 14, 2009. She one previous minor conviction for begging in 1999.

Det Garda Owens told Sean Guerin, prosecuting, that store and customer laptops had been stolen from Computer Doctor, Northside Enterprise Centre, Coolock on March 12, 2009.

He said gardai got a search warrant for Farcas's address after receiving confidential information.

Det Garda Owens agreed with Pieter Le Vert, defending, that some of the computers were in good working order but some had been used by the computer shop for parts.

He agreed Farcas was "adamant" she hadn't known the laptops were stolen because the man had sold them to her during the day.

Mr Le Vert said his client had lived in Ireland for 15 years, her husband died nine years ago and she cares for her wheelchair-bound brother at home.

Judge Martin Nolan suspended the 18-month sentence for a period of 18 months.

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