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Thursday 14 December 2017

Phone shop man guilty of handling stolen items

Shafi said he knew the phones were stolen and would use them for spare parts.
Shafi said he knew the phones were stolen and would use them for spare parts.

A mobile phone repair shop worker has avoided jail after pleading guilty to handling stolen phones.

Mohammed Shafi, who works at Washington Mobile on Parnell Street, Dublin, said he knew the phones were stolen and would use them for spare parts.

Shafi pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three sample counts of handling stolen property at Washington Mobile on July 16, 2015.

There were 21 counts before the court, as gardai had seized 21 items which had been reported stolen.

They were 18 iPhones, 2 iPads and one iPod.

Victimless

Shafi said he had been accepting or buying stolen products for a year. He added that he paid about €200 for a stolen iPhone 6.

Gda Donal Donoghue told Judge Pauline Codd that a rough total value of the stolen items was between €7,500 and €10,000.

Brian Storan, defending, said his client no longer ran the phone shop and was now simply an employee.

The judge said these were not victimless crimes and that people saved very hard to buy these phones.

She said she would take into consideration his early guilty plea, co-operation with gardai and the fact he was the main support to his family and child.

She suspended a sentence of two years and ordered Shafi to pay €200 to one of the victims.

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