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Pakistani native sentenced to two years for impersonating a member of the gardaí and demanding money from a woman working as an escort

CourtsBy Neil Fetherston
Bilal Idrees wa sentenced to two years for impersonating a member of the gardaí
Bilal Idrees wa sentenced to two years for impersonating a member of the gardaí

A Pakistani native has been sentenced to two years for impersonating a member of the gardaí and demanding money from a woman working as an escort.

Bilal Idrees (24) with a former address at Castlegate Elms, Lucan, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to one count of theft at an apartment in Dublin on November 11, 2012 and to one count of impersonating a member of the gardaí on dates between November 11 and 22, 2012.
 
Prosecution Counsel Michael Durack SC, told the court that Idrees had been living in Ireland since May 2011, though there was no record of him entering the country.
 
Garda Bryan Hunt told the court that on November 11, 2012, Idrees went to the apartment of the victim, who was working as an escort, and told her he was a member of the gardaí. He demanded €150 from her, claiming that he would ‘wipe her record clean’ in exchange for the cash.
 
The court heard that Idrees also made a number of threatening phone calls to her for several days after his visit to her apartment.
 
The victim is a foreign national and had little English. Garda Hunt said that because of this and the fact that Idrees was carrying an official-looking badge, which was later discovered to be a security officer’s badge obtained from the UK, she had no reason to believe Idrees was not a garda.
 
The woman later went to a social worker who told her that a garda would not do the things Idress was doing. As a result she contacted gardai.
 
Using the woman’s phone gardai arranged for Idrees to come back to the woman’s apartment, where they were waiting for him and an arrest was made.
 
Idrees was taken into custody on November 22, 2012 and admitted the offences.
 
Defence counsel Padraig Dwyer SC, told the court that Idrees has no previous convictions and was working in a late night store in Dublin city centre at the time of the offence. He said Idrees had expressed remorse for what he had done.
 
Mr Justice Paul Carney sentenced Idrees to two years for each offence, to run concurrently. He backdated the sentence to March 2013 when Idrees went into custody after his bail was revoked.
 
A nolle prosequi was entered on two other counts. Idrees had previously pleaded not  guilty to false imprisonment of the woman at the apartment on November 11, 2012 and to demanding money with menaces between November 11 and 22, 2012.