Friday 19 January 2018

Gardaí trace 'vicious' thief sentenced to four-and-a-half years using 'Find My Phone' app Newsdesk Newsdesk

A Dublin teenager was caught by Gardaí after he robbed a student’s home thanks to the tracking software installed on an iPhone he stole.

Scott Cunningham (18) was sentenced to four-and-a-half-years last week at the Dublin Circuit Court for the burglary.

He was also convicted on a separate charge of assault for a “vicious” attack in Dublin city centre, where one witness described the 18-year-old as “dancing on the victim's head”.

The teen, who has 15 previous convictions, was arrested by Gardaí after they used the ‘Find my iPhone’ app to traced a stolen phone to his home.

The iPhone was taken during a burglary of a house on Beamount Road in North Dublin.

A female student woke to find Mr Cunningham and an accomplice in her home in the early hours of the morning.

Scott Cunningham
Scott Cunningham

Told to “shut the f**k up”, the terrified girl locked herself in a bedroom while Mr Cunningham ransacked her home.

Gardaí investigating the burglary used the ‘Find my iPhone’ app on the stolen phone to trace it back to Mr Cunningham's home.

They discovered the teenager asleep in his bedroom, with the phone hidden nearby.

Admitting to the burglary and the theft of the iPhone, Mr Cunningham also pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Felipe Loughran on Westmoreland Street on September 8, 2014.

Mr Loughran spotted an argument between Mr Cunningham, his brother Calvin (21), and a cyclist.

Told to “f**K off” when he approached, Mr Loughran was then punched in the face by Calvin Cunningham before his brother “spear tackled” him to the ground and stamped on his head three times.  

The 18-year-old claimed he had been acting in self-defence when he was later arrested.

During the assault, a witness said that those presence could be heard shouting "kill him, kill him" as Mr Cunningham jumped on the victim's head.

Describing the attack as "vicious", Judge Martin Nolan suspended the the last 18 months of the teen's four-and-a-half year sentence.

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