Tuesday 21 November 2017

Father kills phone thief he tracked using 'Find My iPhone'

Close up of a man using mobile smart phone
Close up of a man using mobile smart phone
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A Scottish man admitted 'culpable homicide' in High Court in Glasgow yesterday following an incident in which the thief of his son's iPhone was killed.

Derek Grant(38) chased down the thief using 'find my iPhone' and asked him to return the phone to his son, whom Patrick Bradley(29) had robbed at knife point earlier that day.

The confrontation escalated when Bradley stabbed Grant in the left eye, blinding him.

Grant then and "repeatedly" stabbed Bradley with a knife he had "taken from home because he feared for his safety", the Daily Record reports.

Bradley later died of cardiac arrest.

The incident happened last year on August 30th when son Jordan Grant was robbed at knife point for his iPhone on his way home from his job at McDonalds.

When Jordan told his father, Grant used the 'find my iPhone' app to track down the thief.

His three sons (20, 17 and 16) were with him at the time of the incident and were also charged with murder, although their 'not guilty' please were accepted by the court.

Grant's charges were downgraded from murder to 'culpable homicide' after his lawyer claimed his actions were a "reaction to the extreme violence” of the victim.

Grant said “I wish to declare for the record that at the time of this ­incident, I was acting in self-defence.”

Grant lost his driving licence as he is now blind in one eye and has had to resign his job as a driver.

The sentencing has been deferred until September 1st.

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