Uninsured driver says twins changed life
A motorist was caught with a foil-lined bag, wire snips and pliers after gardai searched his car.
Gerard Halpin (40) recently became a father for the first time and claimed his twins have changed his life.
Judge David McHugh imposed a three-month sentence but suspended it for 18 months.
Judge McHugh also fined Halpin €250 and banned him from driving for two years.
The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance. The incident took place at Roselawn Shopping Centre in Blanchardstown on September 26, 2015.
Halpin also admitted to possession of a foil-lined bag, snips and pliers for use in a theft at the same time and place.
Garda Ciaran Geraghty said he was on mobile patrol when he saw Halpin sitting in a vehicle in the car park at Roselawn Shopping Centre.
Gda Geraghty said Halpin had a foil-lined bag, a blue-handle snips and pliers.
Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Halpin and his partner had twins 15 months ago.
Mr O'Doherty said Halpin - of Corduff Grove in Blanchardstown - became a father late in life and he was focused on looking after them.
He also said the defendant, who is unemployed, previously had a difficulty with heroin but he was now on methadone.