discharge for handling stolen TV

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A judge has said that people who buy stolen goods ‘perpetuate the crime of burglary’.

District Judge Barney McElholm made the comment as 24-year-old Christopher Gerard Holden appeared at the local magistrates court.

Holden, of Ard Grange, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods on July 15, last year.

The court heard the injured party returned home in the early hours of the morning and discovered her flat had been ransacked.

A number of items were stolen including TV’s.

As a result of police enquiries, officers searched Holden’s address. One of the TV’s stolen from the injured party was found in his bedroom.

Defence solicitor said his client has a limited record and has not been charged in connection with the burglary.

He told the court the 24-year-old was offered the TV for £50 and he bought it.

Mr Quigley added: ‘Whether or not he knew it was stolen, it was an offer too good to be true’.

Imposing a conditional discharge for two years, District Judge McElholm said the ‘burglary was a nasty crime but there is no evidence to suggest he was involved’.

He said ‘people who accept stolen goods in their own way perpetuate the crime of burglary and provide an outlet for the goods that are stolen’.

The judge also ordered Holden to pay £250 compensation to the injured party.