Man with ‘computer talents’ used skills for crime – court hears

FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsAppA Larne man with a “phenomenal talent for computers” used his skills for crime, a defence lawyer told Ballymena Magistrates Court. Philip Bell (27), of Alexandera Crescent, was in court for sentencing on a charge of fraud by false representation. He used a man’s account details to pay £39 towards a mobile phone bill. The […]

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Ballymena Courthouse

A Larne man with a “phenomenal talent for computers” used his skills for crime, a defence lawyer told Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Philip Bell (27), of Alexandera Crescent, was in court for sentencing on a charge of fraud by false representation.

He used a man’s account details to pay £39 towards a mobile phone bill.

The court heard Bell had a previous record.

Defence barrister Neil Moore said: “This is a young man with a phenomenal talent for computers. Off the back of that there has been criminality”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant was developing a lengthy record for matters of dishonesty and if he continued he would end up in prison.

Bell was ordered to do 60 hours of unpaid work.

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