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Porter cleared of phone crime

A KITCHEN porter has been cleared of handling stolen property after he bought a mobile phone in a flea market from a man who told him the phone belonged to him.

Victor Matasa, who is in his 40s, said he didn't realise the phone was stolen.

Judge David McHugh accepted Mr Matasa did not realise the phone was stolen and he struck out the charges.

Mr Matasa, of Delhurst Terrace, Ongar, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with handling stolen property.

Mr Matasa said that he regularly attended markets and bought the iPhone for €120.

Grieving mum stole clothing

A NEW mother who stole €20 of clothing from a department store relapsed on to tablets after her former partner died last year, a court heard.

Christine Delaney (25) said that she was at a low ebb when she took the clothing.

Judge Bridget Reilly imposed a two-month sentence suspended for one year.

Delaney, of Camberley Oaks, Churchtown, and Meadow Vale, in Deansgrange, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to theft at Penney's, George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, on August 25 last year.

Dad's hockey stick weapon

A FATHER-of-two caught with a hockey stick in his car after he was stopped near his home told gardai he had it for his own protection.

Jason Maughan (24) was at home with his young family when he started getting threatening text messages.

He left the house so as to keep his young family safe and he grabbed the hockey stick for his own protection.

Judge David McHugh ordered Maughan to donate €100 to Blanchardstown Hospice.

Maughan, of Wellview Avenue, Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a hockey stick with the intent to cause injury, incapacitate or intimidate another individual.