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Thursday 8 December 2016

Gambler caught after taking two trips to steal bikes

The judge deferred sentencing and adjourned the case to a date in February. Stock photo: Getty Images
The judge deferred sentencing and adjourned the case to a date in February. Stock photo: Getty Images

A man with a gambling problem made two trips to steal bicycles from outside a woman's house in south Dublin, a court has heard.

George Carroll (56) took one bike, before returning for the second. He was caught after being identified on CCTV.

Judge Bryan Smyth adjourned the case for payment of €300 in compensation after hearing Carroll had been drunk at the time he took the bikes.

Carroll, with an address at Poppintree Crescent, Ballymun, pleaded guilty to unauthorised taking of two bicycles.

Garda Martin O'Connell said Carroll went to the victim's house at Rathmines Close on April 19 of this year.

He took one bike away from the property, then returned for the second.

"He made two trips, back and forth," Gda O'Connell told the judge.

The crime was reported to gardai by the victim and the accused was identified on CCTV footage taken from a nearby business premises.

In July, he was arrested and made no reply when he was later charged.

One of the bicycles was worth €150 and the other was worth €50, Gda O'Connell said.

The court heard Carroll had 29 previous convictions, including convictions for similar offences and for theft.

Intoxicated

The victim of the bike thefts remained out of pocket.

Carroll was prepared to pay compensation but did not have the money in court as he had originally intended to contest the charges, his solicitor Aine Flynn said.

He had a serious gambling problem and was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Both of these things were motivating factors behind the theft of the bicycles, Ms Flynn added.

Carroll has children, but was separated from his partner and in receipt of social welfare.

The judge deferred sentencing and adjourned the case to a date in February.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail.

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