Monday 24 September 2018

New dad stole cabbie's phone after pals bolted

Dublin district court

Michael Reilly of Boyne View, Johnstown, Navan, charged with theft.
Michael Reilly of Boyne View, Johnstown, Navan, charged with theft.

A NEW dad stole a taxi driver's phone while drunk, after going out to celebrate on the day his first child was born, a court heard.

Michael Reilly (22), a successful amateur boxer, had no recollection of the incident, which happened when he and his friends ran from the cab without paying.

Reilly of Boyne View, Johnstown, Navan, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to theft of the taxi driver's iPhone and non-payment of a fare.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the case for a restorative justice programme report and payment of €200 compensation to the driver, to cover the fare and inconvenience.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at South Great George's Street on November 4 last year.

Gardai saw the taxi, a silver Skoda, parked on the street at 12.05am. The two back seat passengers left without paying, followed by Reilly who had been in the front passenger seat.

He was stopped and found in possession of the driver's phone.

Reilly's first child had been born earlier that day and he was brought out by his friends to celebrate, his lawyer said.

He had a "great deal" to drink on the night and had a very limited recollection of what happened.

"He was being brought supposedly to a nightclub in Harcourt Street via George's Street and it wasn't his idea to flee the car," his lawyer said.

"When he saw his friends leave he panicked. He can't for the life of him speculate why he took the phone."

The accused, who was married, boxed at a "very high level" and held a European Amateur title.

"If you continue to behave in the manner in which you did you will be going nowhere but into custody, your life will be a mess," Judge Ryan said.

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