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Saturday 14 December 2019

People scammed into sending goods to man, court hears

Ibrahim Azeez is charged with possession of stolen property
Ibrahim Azeez is charged with possession of stolen property

A man tricked people into posting him high-end electronic goods by making them believe they had already been paid for the items, it has been alleged.

Ibrahim Azeez (27) is accused of multiple counts of possession of stolen property after going to a postal depot to collect the hardware - two laptop computers, a camera and a smartphone worth a total of around €2,000.

Tricked

He is facing trial after Judge David McHugh ruled the charges were too serious to be dealt with at district court level.

Garda Sergeant Geraldine McManigan said it was alleged that the accused tricked people into posting the items to his address, in the mistaken belief they had already received payment for them.

It was alleged that he collected a Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone from the depot on September 2, 2017; a Nikon camera and lens on October 4; an Acer Aspire Laptop on October 2; and an Apple Macbook on October 26.

According to the prosecution, he also went to the depot on October 19, 2017, and produced a counterfeit driving licence as identification to collect a package.

The case was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Azeez, of Willows Court, Hartstown, is charged with four counts of possession of stolen property and one count of using a false instrument.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Fonthill Post Depot, Fonthill Road, Clondalkin, in 2017.

Sgt McManigan said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level. Judge McHugh refused jurisdiction after hearing the outline of the allegations.

He remanded the accused on continuing bail, to appear in court again next month.

Mr Azeez will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when the book is ready.

The judge granted free legal aid after defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe made an application and submitted a statement of Mr Azeez's financial means.

The accused has not yet entered pleas to the charges, which are under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

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