A MAN accused of handling a stolen iPad that was located using a “find my device” app, heard a court today.
Trevor O’Sullivan, 42, appeared in Cork District Court for handling a € 600 tablet that was allegedly stolen in a house burglary on September 14.
Gardai opposed bail in this case due to the seriousness of the charge and concerns that O’Sullivan, of Barrack Street in Cork City, would reoffend if he was allowed out under caution.
Garda Aoife Hayes testified to the arrest and charge of the accused, who emphatically denied in court that he had committed a crime.
She said that on September 14 at around 3 a.m., an iPad was taken from a house on Friar Street.
When the owner discovered it was missing, he activated a “find my device” GPS app installed on it.
He pointed to different places in Lower Barrack Street and Paul Street and O’Sullivan and his very pregnant wife were followed while walking downtown.
The woman was carrying a backpack and when Gardai searched their house they found a backpack on the bedroom floor with the iPad in it.
O’Sullivan told Judge Olann Kelleher he was changing his life and had been off drugs for six months.
He said he attends clinics every week and hopes to be admitted to the Coolmine Residential Center.
He claimed he took a 60 dose of methadone which he has now reduced to 25.
O’Sullivan told the court he took part in a charity marathon last month, adding, “Running makes me forget about drugs.
“I’m doing my best. I will sign five days a week if necessary.
A woman in her 30s was also arrested and charged with the burglary.
She is scheduled to appear in court on September 18.
Justice Kelleher has placed O’Sullivan in custody until September pending instructions from the DPP and he is scheduled to appear by video link on September 22.