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Saturday 16 December 2017

Man didn't know THE pin for stolen iphone

Andrew Allen
Andrew Allen

A FATHER-of-two who handled a stolen mobile phone was caught because he didn't know its pin number, a court heard.

Andrew Allen (38) was asked to input the pin number in the Apple iPhone after he was stopped and searched by gardai.

Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing to a date in October.

The defendant, of Grantham Mews, Dublin 8, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to handling a stolen mobile phone.

The crime, contrary to the theft and fraud offences act, took place at Dromheath Drive in Mulhuddart on April 12 last.

Garda Andrew Reynolds said he stopped and searched Allen around 4pm.

Gda Reynolds said Allen had an Apple iPhone 3 in his pocket.

He asked him to put the pin number in the phone, but Allen did not know it.

Gda Reynolds said the defendant later admitted to handling stolen property.

The court heard that Allen has 49 previous convictions, including four for theft related matters.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Allen co-operated fully with gardai and the property was recovered.

Mr O'Doherty said Allen is a father-of-two. He has a troubled past and is trying to deal with a drug addiction.

The solicitor said Allen is now stabilised on methadone and is attending counselling.

Mr O'Doherty asked the judge to adjourn the matter to allow Allen continue with his drug treatment.

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