THIS is the young man who was caught passing a stolen satnav to another individual when gardai tried to search a group of youths.
Anthony Gleeson (20) was given an eight-month sentence suspended for two years.
THE DEFENDANT, OF VALEVIEW DRIVE IN FINGLAS, ADMITTED HANDLING STOLEN PROPERTY.
Garda David McKenna told Blanchardstown District Court he stopped a group of males in Finglas village shortly before 7pm last August 31 for the purposes of a search.
Gda McKenna said Gleeson was seen passing the black Garmin satnav to another individual who then tried to conceal it from gardai.
The garda added that the gadget had been stolen by someone other than Gleeson.
The court heard that the defendant has 36 previous convictions, including eight for theft and three for handling stolen property.
Defence solicitor Conor Ruane said Gleeson had a difficult upbringing and that both his parents died because of drugs when he was a juvenile.
Mr Ruane added Gleeson had been through the justice system but this was the first conviction he had picked up since being released from jail.
HE ALSO TOLD HOW THE DEFENDANT, WHO IS UNEMPLOYED AND ON SOCIAL WELFARE, WAS ANXIOUS TO AVAIL OF DRUG TREATMENT AND WAS IN TOUCH WITH A REHABILITATION CENTRE.
Imposing an eight-month suspended sentence, Judge David McHugh said he was willing to give Gleeson a chance but warned he faced jail if he committed another crime.