Dad stole bikes from solicitors' offices
A FATHER-of-three stole two bicycles worth €2,100 from the car park of a Dublin city centre law firm, a court heard.
Mark Douglas (33) admitted the theft and had the case against him adjourned for payment of compensation.
Douglas, with an address at Haven House Hostel, Dublin 7, pleaded guilty to stealing two bicycles from Pearts' Solicitors, Upper Ormond Quay.
Dublin District Court heard the accused entered the rear of the premises on May 22, 2013. He took two bicycles from the car park and made full admissions when he was arrested.
The property was never recovered. One bicycle was worth €1,600, while the other cost €1,500. Douglas had not come to the attention of gardai at all in recent months, his barrister said.
He had recently served a sentence in England and had "kept his nose clean" since his release.
He had suffered from an addiction at the time of the bike theft, his barrister continued.
He was now clean and asked Judge Bryan Smyth to consider suspending a sentence "to allow him to continue with his rehabilitation".
Counsel said the suspension of a sentence would be an "incentive".
Judge Smyth adjourned the case to September.