Father bought stolen TV for young son
A FATHER caught with a stolen TV and tablet had bought them for his son as he was trying to encourage him to move into his own bedroom.
Michael Simpson (26) paid €150 for the stolen items.
Judge David McHugh ordered Simpson to complete 200 hours community service instead of five months in prison.
The defendant, of Glenfield Avenue in Clondalkin, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of a stolen Samsung TV and an Archos notebook.
Garda Barry O'Shea said there was a burglary in a house in Castleknock on the night of August 5, and a number of items were taken.
Gda O'Shea said he later received confidential information that some of the items were in Simpson's home.
The house was searched and the tablet and TV were recovered.
Gda O'Shea said Simpson was not involved in the burglary and paid €150 for the items.
Simpson also admitted to driving without insurance or a driving licence as well as careless driving at Glenfield Avenue in Clondalkin on September 2.
Solicitor Emer O'Sullivan said Simpson bought the items for his son to encourage him to move into his own bedroom.
Ms O'Sullivan said Simpson works in a waste company and has no addiction issues.
His problem was a "lack of maturity more than anything", she said.
Judge McHugh also fined Simpson €200 and banned him from driving for 12 years.