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Brothers facing jail over Aoife Quinn laptop theft

TWO brothers with more than 100 criminal convictions between them stole a laptop belonging to a daughter of jailed former billionaire Sean Quinn.

Keith (36) and his younger brother Gary (35) Kinlan broke into Aoife Quinn's car while it was parked in a laneway in north inner-city Dublin. They stole a case containing a HP laptop and iPhone 3GS belonging to her but were caught by gardai within minutes hiding in a flats complex.

The pair, who are from Summerhill in north inner city Dublin, yesterday admitted the theft at Loftus Lane, Dublin 1, on July 28.

Both accused had previously denied the charges but changed their pleas to guilty as their hearing at Dublin District Court was about to begin.

Although Ms Quinn was not present, her husband Stephen Kelly was in court.

Garda David Stafford told the court he was on patrol at Loftus Lane at 5.10pm when he saw the two men breaking into the 05-registered Mercedes.

"They made off in the direction of Dominick Street flats and I caught them underneath a stairwell," Gda Stafford told Judge Catherine Murphy.

Assault

Defence solicitor Jenny McGeever said her clients had co-operated and it was a "straightforward investigation".

Judge Murphy heard that Keith Kinlan had more than 50 previous convictions including theft, burglary, motoring, public order and assault offences.

Gary Kinlan already had 61 previous convictions for crimes including theft and burglary.

Both had received three-year sentences for burglary which were suspended for 18 months at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in 2011.

These were still hanging over them at the time they stole Ms Quinn's property which was recovered.

Judge Murphy adjourned their cases until tomorrow when they will appear in the Circuit Court, which will decide whether or not it will activate their suspended sentences.

After that they will come back to the District Court, which will hear mitigation pleas and deal with sentencing in relation to their latest crimes.

Irish Independent