Man turned garden hose on police after app led officers to whereabouts of a stolen iphone in Portglenone

Ballymena Court.

Police traced a stolen mobile phone through an app and when officers went to the scene they were sprayed with a garden hose, a court was told on Thursday.

Michael Clarke (29), whose address was given as Ardcaoin Avenue in the Dunmurry area near Belfast, took an iPhone worth £700 from an unlocked car after the owner had nipped in to a shop in Portglenone.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court that on August 11 this year police used an app to locate the phone and when they went to the scene the defendant turned a garden hose on them and attempted to run away and struggled with officers when caught.

The phone was found on top of a kitchen cupboard.

Clarke sunk four tins of Budweiser and later twelve pints of the beer in a bar that day and told police he had no memory of the incidents.

Defence solicitor Garret McCann said on the day in question the defendant and his partner had been going through a “tough time” and after Clarke decided to go to a pub there was a “total memory blank”.

Added the solicitor: “When police came to the house he made the extremely stupid decision to hose the police”.

The defendant, who had a previous record, had pleaded guilty to charges of theft, damaging the phone’s lead and assaulting and resisting a police.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant’s actions were “very foolish” and put him on Probation for a year and ordered him to 100 hours of unpaid work.

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