Friday 31 October 2014

'Distinctive straw hat' worn by St Patrick's Day pickpocket, court told

Andrew Phelan

Published 16/04/2014 | 08:32

A TOURIST in Dublin for St Patrick's Day who pick-pocketed another reveller at a bar was identified from a “distinctive straw hat” he was wearing, a court heard.

Adrian Isaila (40) was at a city centre pub when he “dipped” into the victim's pocket and took €60.

Judge Ann Watkin put him on a peace bond for a year at Dublin District Court.

The father-of-one, of no fixed address, insisted he had nothing to do with the theft at the Temple Bar pub.

Finding him guilty, Judge Watkin also directed him to pay €700 to charity and the return of the €60 to the victim.

Mr Abbott told the court he was at the bar getting drinks at about 4pm on the day and had the €60 in his pocket after paying.

As he returned, he felt a hand in his pocket and turned to see Isaila wearing a straw hat. Gardai arrived and he identfied the accused to them, “not only by his face but by this distinctive straw hat”.

The prosecuting garda said he was called to the bar following reports of a number of thefts.

When he spoke to the defendant outside, Isaila had straw hat in his hand but was not wearing it.

The accused worked as an electrician in Spain, had come to Ireland for three days and was drinking with friends in the pub on the day.

He told the court he could not remember seeing or brushing up against the victim on the day. He denied putting his hand in his pocket.

The court heard the accused had no previous convictions.

Irish Independent

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