Sunday 19 November 2017

Man who helped steal 25 laptops remanded in custody ‘to consider future’

A Dublin man who helped steal 25 laptops from a hotel conference has been remanded in custody for a week to consider his future.

Charlie Brodigan (22), who said he was “full to the brim” with tablets prior to the offence, hung a laptop bag from his shoulder in an attempt to look more businesslike as he helped carry the suitcases containing the laptops out of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry.

The court heard Brodigan went looking for drug treatment after this offence and has now been clean of drugs for nine months.

Judge Martin Nolan noted that the laptops were valued at about €20,000. He also commented that Brodigan had previously been given the benefit of the Probation Act for a number of District Court offences.

Judge Nolan remanded Brodigan in custody for one week while he decided what to do.

“He is going into custody and can see if he wants this for his future,” he remarked.

Brodigan, of Coultry Way, Ballymun pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to stealing the laptops at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Santry on December 18, 2011.

Garda Andrew Lambe told Lisa Dempsey BL, prosecuting, that the Kerry Group had been carrying out staff training in a conference room and had brought a number of laptops.

Gardai viewed CCTV from the hotel after the laptops were found to be missing and identified Brodigan and another man removing the suitcases used to store the laptops.

Brodigan was arrested and told gardai he was on two “bags of weed” a day to keep himself calm and had started taking tablets. He told gardai on the day he had been “full to the brim” with tablets and had a number of drinks while watching a football game at the hotel.

Brodigan had given one of the laptops to his girlfriend and sold two for €100 each. Three of the laptops were recovered but 22 are still missing.

Olan Callanan BL, defending, said Brodigan had left school at 16 and began using hash, cocaine and eventually crack cocaine. He also became heavily addicted to prescription diazepam and had been taking a huge amount at the time of the offence.

Mr Callanan said that one month after this offence Brodigan had voluntarily gone into a residential treatment facility and is now clean of drugs. He asked Judge Nolan to allow his client continue on this program.

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