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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Man selling tissues was 'aggressive' on Dart

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

A man stopped for "aggressively" asking Dart passengers to buy packets of tissues has admitted unlicensed casual trading.

Pompilica Balteanu (22) was arrested after he approached "numerous" people with a sign asking them to buy the tissues.

Judge Michael Walsh put him on a bond to keep the peace for a year.

Balteanu, of Collins- wood, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9, pleaded guilty to casual trading last April 29.

Dublin District Court heard the accused was stopped by staff at Tara Street Station because he did not have a valid fare and refused to give his details.

Beggar

Balteanu, from Romania, had approached numerous passengers.

He was showing them pieces of paper reading "I am not a beggar... please help me, buy this napkin, thank you from the heart".

Balteanu, who had no previous convictions, maintained he was not aggressive and was merely going around the train, holding up a sign, said his solicitor Stephen O'Mahony.

He did not have money for a ticket. He had been offered work as a labourer but it fell through and what he was doing on the train was a "means to an end".

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