A TEENAGER who agreed to hold onto a handbag full of stolen jewellery after being promised €100 was "not a master criminal", a court heard.
Craig Salmon (19) was caught by gardai after burglars left him with the bag, which also had a tablet computer inside.
Judge David McHugh fined him €100 at Blanchardstown District Court.
Salmon, of Sundale Avenue, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to handling stolen property at Moyglas Glen, Lucan on February 2 last.
Sgt Mary Doherty said when gardai approached, Salmon ran towards the main road carrying a handbag.
He tried to throw it away, but gardai found it with a large quantity of costume jewellery inside, as well as a Samsung tablet.
The court heard it had been taken earlier in the course of an aggravated burglary in the Lucan area.
Salmon was unemployed and had no previous convictions, his lawyer said. He had fallen in with a bad crowd and was "very foolish".
He owed people money and was told if he held onto the goods he would be paid €100.
"He was obviously not a master criminal," his lawyer said. "He thought it was an easy way to get €100."
Judge McHugh noted that the prosecution was not suggesting Salmon had anything to do with the burglary.