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Sentencing of burglar who had breakfast with mosque caretaker postponed

Sentencing of burglar who had breakfast with mosque caretaker postponed

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Tuesday July 25 2017

The Irish Times reports that Judge Karen O’Connor postponed the sentencing of Stefan Boyle to January 2018.
Boyle, 28, was spotted by Ali Yassine hiding under a table in a mosque in Dundrum, Dublin, and was told to leave.
Boyle lunged at him and nicked him with a knife before trying to escape out of a window, when Mr Yassine, who works as a caretaker in the mosque, kicked the burglar in self-defence and told him to relax.  He then made him scrambled eggs and sat down with him while Boyle told him his life story.
The prosecution heard that Mr Yassine did not realise until after Boyle left that he had stolen two phones from his bedroom.
The following day, while Mr Yassine was in the city centre organising for his phones to be blocked, he happened to bump into Boyle. He asked the man if he had taken the phones and the burglar handed them back to him and apologised. 
Boyle, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to burglary of Ali Hussain House, Milltown Bridge, Dundrum on November 2nd, 2016. He has 110 previous convictions, 63 of which are for burglary.
Judge Karen O’Connor told Boyle: “This is your very very final chance.”

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