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Violence at McDonald's after iPhone mugging

A MAN grabbed a mobile phone from another man, just minutes after he had bought it, and then threatened the victim when he followed him and his accomplice to try to retrieve it.

Patrick McDonagh (39) stood aside while his accomplice hit the victim at a drive-thru restaurant, leaving him with a cut above the eye.

Judge John Lindsay ordered a number of reports and adjourned sentencing to a date in December.

The defendant, of St Philomena's Park in Blanchardstown, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to robbing an Apple iPhone worth €580 at Blanchardstown Town Centre and to charges of assault and dangerous driving at a McDonald's drive-through on December 5, 2010.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said McDonagh and an accomplice grabbed an Apple iPhone from the victim. He had had just bought the phone and it was still in its box.


Sgt Callaghan said the victim tried to get it back, but McDonagh threatened him and fled the scene.

The victim allegedly followed the two men to McDonald's and there was an altercation where he was assaulted, receiving a cut over the eye.

Sgt Callaghan said McDonagh stood by while his accomplice assaulted the victim, but he did not hit him. The two men escaped in a red Transit van. McDonagh drove the vehicle, which went the wrong way around a roundabout at Whitestown Road.

Defence solicitor Mairead White said McDonagh panicked and that may have contributed to his erratic driving.

McDonagh further admitted to stealing a number of laptops from Synopsis, Blanchardstown Corporate Park on February 10 and to stealing three rolls of copper wire, worth €1,462, from ESB in Ballycoolin on July 28.

The court heard McDonagh had 14 previous convictions, including a number for traffic offences and burglary.