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