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Bus phone thief gets suspended sentence

A BUS passenger was threatened and had his mobile phone stolen by two men, one of whom initially seemed to regret what he was doing, a court heard.

Mark Gilsenan (21) had tried to stop his accomplice from taking the phone, but he pocketed it and ran when it was handed to him.

Judge David McHugh imposed a four-month sentence but suspended it for 12 months.

Gilsenan, of Dunboyne, Co Meath, admitted at Blanchardstown District Court to stealing a phone at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre last July.

Gda Christopher O'Shaughnessy said the victim was sitting upstairs when two men threatened him and took his phone valued at €200 off him.

The court heard Gilsenan has five previous convictions, but he has not come to garda attention since.