A DUBLIN man seen trying to sell a stolen mobile phone to the public on a city street tried to run from gardai when he was stopped.
Anthony Gavin (22) was ordered to carry out 200 hours community service to avoid a two-month jail sentence. Gavin pleaded guilty to garda obstruction and possession of a stolen Samsung mobile phone.
Dublin District Court heard it was reported to gardai on August 20, 2014 that the accused and another man were approaching people on Capel Street, trying to sell mobile phones.
Gardai observed them and saw them approach a number of people.
The gardai stopped the pair and found them in possession of two phones.
Gavin, from St Berach's Place, Kilbarrack, attempted to flee but was apprehended after a short foot chase, the court heard.
Both phones were recovered and the defendant was co-operative with the gardai. Gavin had nine previous convictions, including one for possession of stolen property.
A community service report had been ordered previously and Judge Hugh O'Donnell was told he had been found suitable.
He was "willing and able" to do the work, his lawyer said. The charges were under the Public Order and Theft and Fraud Acts.