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Thursday 15 November 2018

Nightclub thief stole purse from woman as he danced with her

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A nightclubber who stole a woman's purse as he danced with her was thieving to feed gambling and drug addictions.

Amin Amara (20) was with the victim on the dance floor when he opened her handbag and took her purse, a court heard.

It was one of a series of "desperate" thefts he committed around Dublin, In another, he stole a man's phone as he hugged him after getting directions on the street.

Judge John Cheatle adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report after Amara, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to a string of charges.

Violation

The offences created a "real sense of violation" for the victims, the judge said.

Dublin District Court heard the purse snatch happened at Everleigh Garden nightclub on Harcourt Street in the early hours of May 14.

While dancing with a woman, Amara opened her handbag and stole her purse, which was worth €30 and had €20 cash in it, a garda sergeant said.

She noticed it was missing and told security. Gardai were called, the accused was arrested and the property was recovered.

In another incident, on June 3, a woman socialising at a pub in Rathmines noticed after she left that her wallet was missing.

She contacted her bank to cancel her debit card but it had already been used in a contactless transaction.

Her driving licence and €120 in cash were also taken and the accused was later identified on CCTV both taking the wallet and using the card.

Earlier, on March 22, Amara stopped a victim on Baggot Street at 2.20am and asked for directions. He then shook hands with the victim, gave him a hug and walked away. The man realised his iPhone was missing.

Amara had 12 previous convictions and was serving a prison sentence when he appeared in court on the latest charges.

The accused's parents were Algerian, his mother was a teacher, and Amara had been born and raised in Dublin.

He had worked but developed drug and gambling addictions, defence barrister Garrett Casey said. He was now off drugs.

Judge Cheatle said he was "very tempted" to add to the defendant's current sentence but instead adjourned the case for eight months for the production of a probation report.

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