Romanian who pretended to be selling DJ equipment jailed for four years
A Romanian man who pretended to be selling DJ equipment in order to set up an acquaintance to be robbed has been jailed for four years.
The accused Ovidiu Raducanu (31) told gardai he had also been threatened by the two men who attacked the victim and took the €2,500 he had withdrawn to buy the equipment.
Raducanu, of Pinebrook Glen, Dublin 15, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary at Mountjoy Square on September 6, 2013. He has 28 previous convictions.
Judge Patricia Ryan imposed a six year sentence with the final two years suspended.
Garda Michael Coyne told Garrett Baker BL, prosecuting, that the victim bumped into Raducanu about a week prior to the offence and Raducanu told him he was selling DJ equipment for €2,500.
The man expressed an interest and there was phone contact between them until the day of the offence when Raducanu met the man outside his home. He noticed that Raducanu did not have the equipment with him and was told it was on the way.
Raducanu went briefly back to his car then phoned the man to tell him to let him into the apartment.
When he opened the door, the victim found Raducanu and two other men he did not know. The two other men entered his apartment and Raducanu left. The victim was held and punched by the unknown men, one of whom had a knife. They took the money he had for the equipment.
The victim was tied up before the men left but was eventually able to free himself and ring gardai.
Raducanu was arrested and initially denied the offence but later accepted he had set up his friend.
He said he had also been subjected to threats with the knife held by one of the men and was put under pressure.
Gda Coyne agreed that Raducanu had not gone into the apartment. He agreed Raducanu told gardai he had been subject to threat and that he had been offered some of the proceeds but refused.
Diarmuid McGuinness SC, defending, said the father of three had come to Ireland in 2001 and had never before been in serious trouble. He was doing well in custody and wished to take up employment on his release.
He said Raducanu had written a letter to the court, wanted to stay on the straight and narrow and had expressed genuine regret for his actions.
Raducanu brought €2,500 to court for the victim on a previous court appearance as a “practical expression of remorse.”