Thursday 23 November 2017

Burglar sits down to eat scrambled eggs made by victim he knifed

Boyle has 110 previous convictions, 63 of which are for burglary. (Stock picture)
Boyle has 110 previous convictions, 63 of which are for burglary. (Stock picture)

Sonya McLean

A burglar who sat down to have scrambled eggs with his victim, after lunging at the man with a knife and stealing his phones, will be sentenced next month.

Stefan Boyle (28) was spotted by Ali Yassine hiding under a table in a mosque and was told to leave. Boyle then lunged at him with a knife, nicking the victim, before he tried to escape out of a window.

Mr Yassine, a caretaker in the mosque, kicked the burglar in self-defence and told him to relax. He then made him scrambled eggs and sat down with him while Boyle told him his life story.

Garda Sean Duignan told Seamus Clarke, prosecuting, Mr Yassine didn't realise until after Boyle left that he had stolen two phones from a bedroom, which was in a building attached to the mosque. The following day, while Mr Yassine was in the city centre organising for his phones to be blocked, he happened to bump into Boyle, who handed the phones back to him and apologised.

Boyle pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at Ali Hussain House, Dundrum, on November 2, 2016. He has 110 previous convictions, 63 of which are for burglary, and told his victim that he was homeless. Boyle was arrested eight days later. He told gardaí he wanted to get money for drugs.

James O'Brien, defending, asked for the case to be adjourned to allow for the preparation of a probation report.

Judge Karen O'Connor adjourned the case to June 26 .

Irish Independent

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