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Man had phone that was stolen at music festival

A YOUNG man who handled a mobile phone that was stolen at a music festival in the UK was caught after the owner rang the number and he gave him his name and address, a court has heard.

Derek Edmonds (22) was caught with the mobile phone after gardai searched his home in west Dublin.

Judge Patrick Clyne ordered him to complete 50 hours of community service in lieu of three months in prison.

Edmonds, of Sheephill Green, Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to handling a stolen Samsung Galaxy mini.

He also admitted possession of a shotgun cartridge without a licence.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said gardai obtained a search warrant and searched Edmonds' home last September 13.

During the course of the search, a mobile phone that had been stolen at the Creamfields Dance Music Festival in Liverpool was found as well as a shotgun cartridge.

Sgt Callaghan said the phone was returned to its owner.

The court heard that Edmonds has four previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Edmonds bought the phone in the UK.

He said the case was somewhat unusual in that the original owner rang Edmonds and he gave him his name and address, which helped gardai to track him down.

In relation to the cartridge, Mr Fleming said the defendant found it in a field.