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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Man caught trying to steal garda bicycle

Francis Boland
Francis Boland

A MAN was serving a four-year suspended sentence when he was caught trying to steal a garda mountain bike from a Dublin street.

Francis Boland (34) was seen by officers on patrol as he walked up to the bike and cut the lock before taking it.

Dublin District Court heard he had been given a suspended sentence for assault by the Circuit Court eight months before the incident happened.

Judge Anne Ryan referred the case back to the sentencing judge for consideration of the activation of that jail term.

Boland, of Donard Avenue, North Circular Road, pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a pedal cycle belonging to Bridewell Garda Station.

He also admitted unlawful possession of snips for use in the course of a theft at Smithfield Square last November 24.

Gda Redmond O'Leary said he saw Boland approach a black Giant bicycle and take out a pair of red snips which he proceeded to use to cut the lock.

The gardai identified themselves to Boland and arrested him.

The court heard the accused had 19 previous convictions, including one for assault causing harm.

In March last year, he was given a four-year suspended sentence for that offence, which was suspended for four years.

Judge Ryan remanded him on continuing bail.

When the issue of the suspended sentence is dealt with, the accused will be sent back to Judge Ryan for a penalty to be imposed.

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