Portlaoise man robbed youth of mobile phone

Portlaoise man robbed youth of mobile phone

A Portlaoise man has been jailed for ten months for robbing a youth of his mobile phone.

Patrick Kelly (21), St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, was charged at last week’s court with theft.

Sgt JJ Kirby gave evidence that on December 16, 2016, the accused robbed a juvenile at Peppers Lane, Portlaoise. Kelly demanded the youth’s phone and the injured party handed it over, as he was frightened by the accused.

Sgt Kirby said the phone was valued at €500 and was not recovered.

He said the injured party was at school and at the time and is currently aged 17.

Kelly is currently serving a seven year sentence and has 21 previous convictions, including robberies and assault.

Defence, Mr Aonghus McCarthy said his client’s history of offending was correlated to his drug use, especially heroin.

Mr McCarthy said the accused was “quite high” at the time and committed two offences on that date, crimes which were quite opportunistic.

Judge Catherine Staines said she was aware of the accused’s difficult past and he is now serving a lengthy sentence.

She noted that he had stolen a phone from a young man, which must have been very frightening, and sentenced the accused to ten months in jail. Judge Staines also directed that €500 go from the court poor box to the injured party.