‘EN­TIRELY DISHONEST MAN’AL­READY JAILED FOR DRUG-DEAL­ING

Bangor Mail - - News - Eryl Crump

MO­BILE phones stolen from a Bangor shop were found in a man’s room sev­eral weeks later, a court heard.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the bur­glary at the Qan­voi Mo­bile Tele­phones shop in the Dein­iol Cen­tre on De­cem­ber 3 last year were in­formed three of the de­vices had been ac­ti­vated by the same tele­phone num­ber.

Fur­ther in­quiries led of­fi­cers to visit Colin Owen Row­lands’ home in Well Street, Bangor.

Twelve of the stolen phones were found in his bed­room and he was ar­rested.

Ap­pear­ing at Caernar­fon Crown Court from cus­tody via vide­olink the 42-year-old ad­mit­ted dis­hon­estly re­ceived stolen goods and was jailed for 32 months. De­scrib­ing Row­lands as an “en­tirely dishonest man”, Judge Huw Rees or­dered the jail term to be served con­sec­u­tively to a 40-month prison term im­posed at the end of Septem­ber af­ter he ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing il­le­gal drugs with in­tent to sup­ply.

The judge noted the bur­glary at the shop had had a sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial im­pact on the busi­ness.

Gemma Gor­don, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court the bur­glary in­volved the smash­ing of a win­dow and the theft of a num­ber of phones, mostly Sam­sung and iPhones, from a dis­play unit.

The bar­ris­ter said the items stolen were val­ued at £6,000, while the dam­age cost £674 to re­pair.

She said in ad­di­tion to the phones ac­ti­vated by Row­lands, an­other phone was de­tected as ac­tive and traced to an ad­dress in Me­nai Bridge.

“Of­fi­cers spoke to a lady who had made con­tact through so­cial me­dia with a man called Colin. She bought a phone for £100 cash from a man she met at Bangor bus sta­tion,” she said.

Han­nah Hor­ton, de­fend­ing, said Row­lands ac­cepted 2018 was not a year he would be proud of.

She ex­plained Row­lands had been in a re­la­tion­ship with a woman who had kept his of­fend­ing behaviour to a min­i­mum.

“But that re­la­tion­ship ended in March and he be­gan us­ing crack co­caine, which put him in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

“In debt, he be­gan drug deal­ing which led to a court ap­pear­ance in Septem­ber,” she said.

● Colin Row­lands

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