Thursday 29 September 2016

'I don't think it was very professional' - Mother's opinion on Connacht players' stolen laptop incident

Robin Schiller

Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

Robbie Henshaw’s laptop was taken from his car after the window was smashed. Photo: Sportsfile
Robbie Henshaw’s laptop was taken from his car after the window was smashed. Photo: Sportsfile

When Connacht rugby player Robbie Henshaw's laptop was stolen from his car, he warned online followers that he had teammates to help him get it back. And his prediction came true as several members of the Connacht squad confronted a family over a stolen laptop.

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Gardaí are not expected to take any further action in relation to the incident.

Members of the team - including Ireland international Kieran Marmion and Pro12 Player of the Year Bundee Aki - arrived at an estate in Galway to retrieve the laptop.

The laptop, belonging to Robbie Henshaw, had been stolen from his vehicle the previous day and tracked using a locator app.

A video of the incident shows a number of squad members in an argument with a family who the players believe to be in possession of the computer.

One of the local men becomes visibly agitated, attempting to throw a number of punches while the rugby players attempt to defuse the situation.

Robbie Henshaw’s laptop was taken from his car after the window was smashed
Robbie Henshaw’s laptop was taken from his car after the window was smashed

A young man told the players he had bought the laptop. He said he wasn't aware the laptop was stolen when he purchased it and he would return it to Henshaw.

Gardaí were eventually called to the scene but no arrests were made. A source stated that no further action would be taken.

The incident took place almost a fortnight ago.

A spokesperson for the provincial side did not respond to requests for comment when contacted by the Irish Independent yesterday.

Bundee Aki. Photo: Sportsfile
Bundee Aki. Photo: Sportsfile

Henshaw posted a picture on Instagram earlier this month of a shattered car window, accompanied by the caption: "Not the best way to start my Monday. To whoever stole my bag, I hope you find my economics notes useful #happy reading. I'm getting my mate @Bundeeaki to investigate and knock your block off."

Henshaw's centre partner Bundee Aki followed that up with a tweet saying "Whoever broke into @henshawrob's car, good luck".

Both of the social media posts have since been deleted.

Speaking to the 'Sunday World', the mother of the youth in possession of the stolen laptop, said her son "should have had more sense".

"About 10 lads arrived up here and we only found out after from the gardaí they were from the Connacht rugby team.

"It was a big surprise seeing so many people from the team arrive up here and I don't think it was very professional," Ellen McDonagh said.

"There was a bit of pushing and shoving but Kevin (her son) told them he'd get the laptop back."

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