A Portlaoise man caught by gardaí with two mobile phones which were stolen at this year’s Electric Picnic was last week sentenced to four months in prison.
Jason Crean, 54 Lakeside Gardens, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, was met by gardaí at Lakeside Gardens on September 11. Sgt Healy gave evidence that Crean had a phone with him, which Sgt Healy became suspicious of. The phone was confirmed as having been stolen from a woman’s tent at the Electric Picnic.
A search warrant was obtained, and a second phone stolen from Electric Picnic was discovered in Crean’s house. In interview, Crean said he had found one phone and been given the other.
Crean is currently serving a six-month sentence for drug offences.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher admitted the circumstances were suspicious. He said that Crean had been given both phones by an individual.
“He hopes to turn over a new leaf,” said defence.
Judge Catherine Staines imposed a ten-month sentence and suspended the last six months for Crean to remain under the supervision of the probation service.