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Teen girl's air ticket bought on stolen card by stranger

A COLLEGE student who came to Dublin to attend a party but missed her return flight home was duped into accepting a ticket which was bought by another individual with a stolen credit card, a court heard.

Grace Olaniyi (18) said she had no money to buy another ticket, after she missed her return flight home, and she accepted an offer from a man to buy her a ticket.

Gardai acknowledged that Olaniyi was naive, and she had no money to get home.

A court heard that matters such as Olaniyi's were common enough, and it was a simple enough scam.

A judge said he would strike out the matter after Olaniyi offered to pay €250 to Aer Lingus.

The defendant, who is living in England but with an address at Boroimhe Hawthorn in Swords, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to handling stolen property worth €210.

The incident took place at Dublin Airport on February 23 last.



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Gardai said that Olaniyi arrived at the airport with a reference number for a flight to Heathrow.

She received her boarding card, but was prevented from boarding the flight after gardai discovered the ticket had been bought with a stolen credit card.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Olaniyi was a student, who was over in Dublin to see her father and to attend a party.

However, she missed her return flight home, had no money to buy a new ticket, and a man volunteered to buy her a ticket.

Mr Fleming said Olaniyi didn't realise the ticket was booked with a stolen credit card, but she acknowledged her behaviour was "reckless".

Judge David McHugh said he would strike out the matter and leave Olaniyi with a clean record after she offered to pay €250 to Aer Lingus.

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