Sunday 18 March 2018

Mobile phone thief with 105 previous convictions gets suspended sentence

Tim Healy

A 27-YEAR-OLD heroin addict, who stole I-phones to fund his drug habit, was given two five-month suspended sentences at Dublin District Court today.

Father-of-one Jonathan Beatty, from Gloucester Place, Dublin 1, already had 105 criminal convictions and pleaded guilty to stealing two phones, on June 6 and May 17 last.

Garda Keith Bracken told Judge Catherine Murphy that Beatty stole a woman's phone from her hand at Parnell Street in Dublin city-centre. He had been trying to sell it on when he was arrested minutes afterwards.

Gda Liza Young said that on May 17, Beatty took a phone from a woman while she was using it, on Lower Liffey Street. He was chased by a member of the public who got the I-phone back. Beatty was identified from CCTV footage, the court heard.

Judge Murphy heard that Beatty accrued many of his 105 convictions when he was a juvenile. He also got a six month sentence in 2010 for “attempting to commit an indictable offence" and he received fines earlier this year for public order offences.

Counsel defending said Beatty's drug problems began when he was a 14-year-old and he had led a “chaotic lifestyle”. He is off drugs now and wants to get treatment for his addiction.

Judge Murphy imposed the consecutive sentences but suspended them on condition he does not re-offend within the next 12 months. “It is entirely in your own hands,” she warned him.


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