'Model' tenant stole furniture after bank repossessed property
A TENANT stole items of furniture valued at €5,000 from a house he had been renting after he was told the property had been repossessed by the bank, a court heard.
Vasile Bogdan Nichifor (37) swapped the furniture, including two sofas, a microwave and lamp, for items of a lesser value.
He returned the furniture when his deception was uncovered.
Judge Denis McLoughlin ordered Nichifor to complete 180 hours of community service in lieu of six months in prison.
The defendant, with an address at Castleknock Glade, Laurel Lodge, Castleknock, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing a number of items of furniture valued at €5,000 from Riverwood Court, Castleknock, on an unknown date between April 23, 2013 and February 14 last year.
Sgt Maria Callaghan said Nichifor was renting a property at Riverwood Court which was repossessed by Bank of Ireland.
She said that on unknown dates between April 2013 and February 2014, Nichifor took furniture valued at €5,000 from the property.
The sergeant said the furniture included a black leather two-seater couch and a three-seater couch, a microwave, gold and silver mirror and a large black lamp.
Defence lawyer Ciaran Mac- Loughlin said Nichifor is a married man with two children and is originally from Romania.
Mr MacLoughlin said the defendant came to Ireland in 1999 and worked in the construction industry for a number of years, before he lost his job due to the recession.
He said Nichifor rented the property through a letting agency and had no contact with the owner. He said the defendant was "a model tenant".
The court heard Nichifor received a phone call in April 2013 telling him that receivers had been appointed to the property and no more rent was to be paid.
Mr MacLoughlin said Nichifor thought the bank would take back everything so he decided to swap the furniture in the property for items of a lesser value.
Mr MacLoughlin said Nichifor wished to apologise for his behaviour, and all the property had been returned.
Ordering Nichifor to complete community service, Judge McLoughlin said the defendant "took a chance and got caught out".