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'nasty crime' Phone snatcher nabbed after he went for bail signing in same clothes


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A PHONE snatcher who escaped on a bike was caught when he went to a garda station to sign on for bail an hour later, wearing the same clothes.

Gardai had viewed CCTV of the theft from a woman at a bus stop and recognised William Kinlan (37) as the culprit.

Judge Bryan Smyth jailed him for six months after Dublin District Court heard it was a "particularly nasty" type of crime.

Kinlan, of Summerhill Place, Dublin 1, pleaded guilty to theft.

The court heard the victim was standing at a bus stop on Parnell Street last February 28 when Kinlan cycled past and took her Samsung phone, worth €900, from her hand.


He cycled off, but then went to sign on at Store Street garda station, where he was recognised from CCTV footage, still wearing the same clothes.

Kinlan had 205 previous convictions for offences including theft, criminal damage and escaping lawful custody.

He was already serving a sentence for theft when he appeared in court.

The accused had a very seri- ous addiction problem and his previous convictions were characteristic of someone who was "taking items to sell them to buy drugs", his lawyer said.

Kinlan was in custody and "putting his head down and using his time wisely".

He accepted it was a "particularly nasty offence".

"I'm glad you said it," Judge Smyth told the defence lawyer, "because I would have said it if you hadn't."

He made the six-month sentence consecutive.

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