Enterprising gaming thief remanded on bail and curfewed

A Ballybane teenager who stole games console equipment from one shop before cheekily attempting to sell it on to another games shop where he also helped himself to a further €180 worth of gaming equipment has been granted bail with strict conditions.

Eighteen-year-old Matthew Dunne with an address at 35 Sliabh Rua, Ballybane, was brought before Galway District Court on Tuesday charged with stealing a remote control for the Nintendo Wii, valued at €42.99, from Game, Eglinton Street, stealing a Nintendo DSI XL yellow, valued at €180, from Game Stop, Corbett Court Shopping Centre, and dishonestly by deception inducing a staff member at the Game Stop store to trade in a remote control for Nintendo Wii which was not his property with the intention of making gain on July 25, 2011, contrary to Section 4 and 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud ) Act.

Garda Patrick Fahy of Galway Garda Station gave evidence in court of arresting Dunne on August 29 last at 3.30pm at his home address and later charging him with the offences. An application was then made for the defendant to be remanded in custody. Garda Fahy objected to bail being granted on the grounds that Dunne is currently on bail for seperate offences.

However, Judge Conal Gibbons granted the application for bail made by defence solicitor Valerie Corcoran. Dunne was remanded on his own bail of €200 to appear in court again on September 19 with the conditions that he reside at his home address, abide by a curfew of between 9pm and 8.30am, remain sober at all times, and remain out of Galway city except for court appearences, pre-arranged appointments, or to collect social welfare.

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