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Wednesday 23 August 2017

a DUBLIN man stole emergency lighting from the scene of a serious car crash on the M50 so he could use them to decorate his motorbike, a court has heard.

a DUBLIN man stole emergency lighting from the scene of a serious car crash on the M50 so he could use them to decorate his motorbike, a court has heard.

Paul King (33) from Hillcrest Avenue, Lucan, pleaded guilty and apologised yesterday for the theft of two Mepro emergency lights which occurred on December 26 last.

Garda Christopher O'Shaughnessy told Dublin District Court that emergency services had been called out to deal with a serious accident.

Special blue flashing LED lights had been placed around the scene to divert motorway traffic from the crash.

Gda O'Shaughnessy, of Blanchardstown station, said the accused slowed to a halt and "lifted two lights off the ground and put them in his car".

Gda O'Shaughnessy was alerted and pursued King who pulled over and had his car searched.

The two emergency lights, worth €175, were found in the back of his car, Judge Marian O'Leary heard.

"He did admit taking the lights, and admitted to me that he was taking them to decorate his motorcycle," Gda O'Shaughnessy said adding that King had no prior criminal convictions.

Asked by the judge if he had anything to say, King at first said, "No," but then added, "sorry."

Adjourning the case until January, Judge O'Leary ordered that if he paid €150 to the court poor box within three months, she would strike out the case. This would leave him with a clean record.

However, she also warned that if he failed to pay the money, she would record a conviction and fine him €200 which would have to be paid within three months or he would be jailed for five days in default.

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