Pro­ba­tion for man who sold ‘non-ex­is­tent’ mo­bile phones

Fingal Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A SET­TLED Trav­eller who de­ceived two peo­ple into pay­ing for non ex­is­tent mo­bile phones for nearly €1,000 via a web­site claimed he was des­per­ate for money as it was com­ing up to Christ­mas.

John Mcdon­nell (19) has been placed on a 12 month Pro­ba­tion Bond and or­dered to be of good be­hav­iour af­ter he pleaded guilty to the of­fences at Swords Dis­trict Court.

The de­fen­dant, of Clonuske Drive in Bal­brig­gan, ad­mit­ted to in­duc­ing two peo­ple to trans­fer money into his bank ac­count for non ex­is­tent Sam­sung Gal­axy S8 mo­bile phones on two dates in De­cem­ber last year.

He has no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

Garda Cliona Mul­li­gan told Swords Dis­trict Court one of the two in­jured par­ties saw an ad­ver­tise­ment on Donedeal for a Sam­sung S8 mo­bile phone for sale at €500.

The in­jured party ex­changed mes­sages with the de­fen­dant, who had ad­ver­tised the mo­bile phone for sale.

The in­jured party trans­ferred money into the de­fen­dant’s bank ac­count but never re­ceived the mo­bile phone.

Five days later in a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent, the se­cond in­jured party saw a mo­bile phone ad­ver­tised for sale on Done Deal and con­tacted the seller, who was the de­fen­dant. The in­jured party trans­ferred €450 into the de­fen­dant’s bank ac­count but never re­ceived the mo­bile phone.

When gar­dai con­tacted the de­fen­dant, he ad­mit­ted both of­fences.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Fiona D’arcy said the de­fen­dant, who has not come to garda at­ten­tion since, left school be­fore his Ju­nior Cer­tifi­cate.

‘He is due to get mar­ried in Jan­uary and his wife-to-be and his fam­ily aren’t too im­pressed with what he did,’ said Ms D’arcy, adding the de­fen­dant deeply re­grets his ac­tions and it was a stupid thing to do.

She said: ‘It was op­por­tunist. It was com­ing up to Christ­mas and he had no money. When con­tacted by gar­dai he made full ad­mis­sions. I do think he has learnt a les­son. He is re­ally stressed out about it and very ner­vous be­ing in court.’

Ms D’arcy said the de­fen­dant is ‘throw­ing him­self at the mercy of the court’

She added: ‘He hopes to take up a car­pen­try or me­chan­i­cal course and he has his whole life ahead of him.’

Judge Paula Mur­phy re­marked that not only did the de­fen­dant do it once, but he did it twice.

‘These are two very se­ri­ous charges,’ said Judge Mur­phy.

‘How­ever’, she told the dis­trict court, ‘I am go­ing to give you a chance’, and she placed the de­fen­dant on a Pro­ba­tion Bond for one year.

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