Tuesday 21 November 2017

New dad caught with stolen PlayStation wants 'fresh start'

Conor Howarth
Conor Howarth

Eimear Cotter

A NEW father caught with a stolen PlayStation has claimed he is anxious to stay out of trouble and support his daughter and partner.

Conor Howarth (20) had a "shaky start" but is trying to put the past behind him, his lawyer said at Swords District Court.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to a date in October.

The defendant, of Pinewood Green Lawns in Balbriggan, admitted to having a stolen PlayStation 3 worth €200.

Garda Neil Cotter said he was on mobile patrol at Pinewood Green Avenue in Balbriggan shortly after 8pm on July 8, 2016, when he stopped Howarth. He had a PlayStation 3 in his possession, which had been stolen the previous night.

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The PlayStation was in good working order and was handed back to the owner, Gda Cotter said.

Howarth also admitted to possession of €20 of cannabis at Castlelands Road in Balbriggan on October 23, 2016.

The defendant was hanging around with a bad crowd at the time, but he has not been associating with them since these offences, his defence lawyer said.

The court heard that Howarth was asked to leave school at 16, but he has been attending Youthreach. He is also the father of a newborn girl and this has changed his priorities, as he wants to be able to support her and his long-term partner.

Howarth is due to begin work on a meals on wheels programme and is awaiting garda clearance, the court heard. A conviction could impact on this work, the lawyer said.

As well as a probation report, Judge Dempsey also ordered urinalysis.

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