Thursday 21 September 2017

Pair challenge conviction on anti-theft app photographs

Two men are challenging convictions for receiving a stolen mobile phone after its anti-theft app emailed photos of them to the owner
Two men are challenging convictions for receiving a stolen mobile phone after its anti-theft app emailed photos of them to the owner

Tim Healy

Two men are challenging convictions for receiving a stolen mobile phone after its anti-theft app emailed photos of them to the owner.

They were convicted on the basis of photos sent by the phone's 'CaughtU Pro' app which emails photos of anyone trying to access the phone once it goes missing or has been stolen.

The two men were given leave on Monday to bring High Court challenges to their convictions.

The court heard they were convicted in the District Court of receiving the phone.

One was fined €150 while the other was fined €350.

The case arose after the phone's owner reported to gardaí that, while in the Twisted Pepper nightclub in Dublin, he noticed his phone was missing.

With the photos emailed to him by the app, he showed them to gardaí who arrested the two men.

Feichin McDonagh SC, for the two men, said the District Court Judge convicted the men after hearing evidence from the complainant, who had no expertise concerning app.

Mr Justice Richard Humphreys returned the matter to February.

Irish Independent

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