Monday 24 October 2016

Stolen bike man fled gardai 'in blind panic'

A man who tried to sell a stolen bicycle online fled from gardai in a moment of "blind panic" when they caught him in a sting operation.

John Behan (39) knew there was "something fishy" about the €300 price he paid for the bike that was worth €1,000.

Behan, of Rafter's Road, Drimnagh, pleaded guilty when he appeared before Dublin District Court to handling a stolen bicycle and garda obstruction at South Circular Road last September 27.

He was not involved in the actual theft.

Judge Ann Ryan adjourned the case for a restorative justice programme report.

The bicycle was stolen from the owner's shed. The owner spotted it for sale and reported it to the gardai.

An arrangement was made to meet the seller at Memo- rial Park, Islandbridge. Gardai watched from their patrol car as the accused entered, riding the bicycle.

When they identified themselves, he fled.

Behan, who worked in an IT manufacturing firm, abandoned the bike but was chased and caught.

"He knew, or ought to have known in the back of his mind, due to the very good deal he got, that there was something fishy about its provenance," his barrister said.

"His attempt to escape was simply a moment of blind panic."

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