Judge will not be held to ransom over stolen iPad
MAN JAILED FOR 12 MONTHS FOR THEFT OF DEVICE THAT HAD HUGE SENTIMENTAL VALUE TO OWNER
JUDGE Miriam Walsh said that she would not ‘ be held to ransom’ at the District Court last week after a prisoner told her that he may be able to recover a stolen iPad which contained things of huge sentimental value to the injured party.
Nathan Harold (24) of 120 Ratoath Avenue, Finglas, Co Dublin, faced several charges of theft, one of which involved an iPad taken from JD North’s Pub in New Ross on August 4 of this year, belonging to a Mr Jim Fitzgibbon. Mr Fitzgibbon, who had been DJing that night, told the court that his wife had passed away two years previously and the iPad had photos and things of massive sentimental value to him on it. He said he didn’t particularly miss the iPad, it was just its contents that upset him.
Harold was also charged with interfering with an MPV at some point between July 11 and 12 at Upper Mary Street; stealing a panini and cake from Ann McDonald’s on Mary Street on July 12; stealing two bottles of perfume from Sam McCauleys valued at €60 on July 14 and stealing two pairs of Gucci sunglasses from Byrne’s Opticians on the same date.
After Mr Fitzgibbon gave his evidence, Solicitor for Harold, Mr Stapleton, said that his client wished to apologise profusely to Mr Fitzgibbon. He also wished to indicate that there may be a possibility of getting the iPad back. Mr Stapleton said that his client was unwilling to give out names or locations for fear of incriminating anyone else, but that he may be able to produce the iPad to gardaí if he was let out of custody.
‘ You’re going to find out where that iPad is,’ Judge Walsh said to the defendant. ‘What you’re admitting to is one of the most disgusting things and yet you’re sitting there smiling and grinning away at me. The cheek of him to think that he can take property with such sentimental value. It’s disgusting. I won’t be held to ransom. This is pure and utter rubbish.’
Judge Walsh then urged Mr Stapleton to discuss the matter with his client further, however, when the case was called again, he stated that no progress had been made as Harold didn’t wish to incriminate anyone else. The Judge then said she would rise one final time to give Harold one further chance to co-operate.
When she returned, Mr Stapleton said that his client had furnished gardaí with a name and location, however Sgt Gary Raynor said that only the name of a hostel and a general area had been provided and they were still none the wiser as to where the laptop was. Judge Walsh said this wasn’t good enough and she proposed to adjourn the case until Friday to see how matters progressed.
Mr Stapleton objected to this and said that his client wished for matters to be finalised. Amongst the mitigation offered was the fact that Harold’s partner had gone into hospital to give birth to twins the day before and, as yet, he still had no news as to how things went.
Judge Walsh was unsympathetic, however, and adjourned the case to see if any progress could be made in returning the iPad to its rightful owner.
When the case came before the court again, the Judge heard that there had been no progress in tracking down the stolen iPad and Harold was sentenced to a total of 12 months in prison on the five charge, six of which were handed down for the theft of the iPad specifically.