Failed bike thief made off with reflectors
A MAN with 42 previous convictions who stole a bicycle light and reflectors after he failed to steal the bike has been convicted and fined at Blanchardstown District Court.
Mark Bride (38) was seen on CCTV cameras trying to break the lock of a bicycle in the multi-storey car park at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre last Dec- ember 18.
When he failed to break the lock, he removed the lights and reflectors and walked off.
Bride, of Bargy Road, East Wall, pleaded guilty to trying to commit the theft of a bicycle.
He further pleaded guilty to the theft of the bicycle's lights and reflectors.
Bride's solicitor told the court that his client has had drug problems for many years but has not had a conviction since 2009.
"He is attending Ballymun Youth Action Project," he said, adding that Bride is due to go to St Francis Farm in Carlow, a residential programme aimed at providing detox and drug-free rehabilitation.
Gda Alexander McDermott agreed with the solicitor that the stolen property was recovered.
Judge David McHugh convicted and fined Bride €100 and gave him eight months to pay. He also ordered that he undertakes to continue with Ballymun Youth Action Project.