A MAN accused of handling a stolen iPad which was located using a ‘find my device’ app, a court heard today.
Trevor O’Sullivan, 42, appeared before Cork District Court charged with handling a €600 tablet allegedly stolen during a burglary at a house on September 14.
Gardai opposed bail in the case because of the seriousness of the charge and the fear O’Sullivan, of Barrack Street in Cork city, might re-offend if he was allowed out on bail.
Garda Aoife Hayes gave evidence of arresting and charging the defendant, who denied strenuously in court that he had committed any crime.
She said that on September 14 around 3am, an iPad was taken from a house on Friar Street.
When the owner discovered it was missing, he activated a GPS-driven ‘find my device’ app installed on it.
It pinged off different locations at lower Barrack Street and at Paul Street and O’Sullivan and his heavily-pregnant wife were tracked walking around the city centre.
The woman was carrying a backpack and when gardai searched their home, they found a backpack on the bedroom floor with the iPad in it.
O’Sullivan told Judge Olann Kelleher that he was turning his life around and was six months clean of drugs.
He said he attends clinics weekly and hopes to be admitted to Coolmine Residential centre.
He claimed he had been taking a 60 dose of methadone which he now reduced down to 25.
O’Sullivan told the court he had competed in a marathon for charity last month, adding: “Running takes my mind off drugs.
“I am trying my hardest. I will sign on five days a week if necessary.”
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A woman in her thirties was also arrested and was charged in relation to the burglary.
She is expected to appear in court on September 18.
Judge Kelleher remanded O’Sullivan in custody to September while the DPP’s directions are awaited and he is to appear via video link on September 22.