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Monday 11 December 2017

Bicycle thief warned youths he had a knife, court hears

Ryan Leeper
Ryan Leeper

A YOUNG man who stole a mountain bike from two youths playing football in a park told them he had a knife, a court heard.

However, Ryan Leeper (20) did not have a knife when he was arrested by gardai after a short chase on foot.

Judge David McHugh ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to next month.

The defendant, of Whiteacre Crescent, Ballymun, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing a Giant mountain bike worth €400 at Johnstown Park, Finglas, last March 23.

Gda Keith McGrath said he was on patrol at Glasanaon Road when he was approached by two young men who appeared very nervous.

The officer said the youths told him they were playing football when Leeper approached them and picked up their mountain bike.

Gda McGrath said Leeper also warned the youths not to come any closer, claiming he had a knife.

He said he searched the area and saw Leeper on the stolen bike. Gda McGrath said there was a short foot chase and Leeper was arrested. He did not have a knife.

Leeper further pleaded guilty to possession of a red-handled pair of snippers for use in a theft at Coultry Road, Ballymun, last March 7.

He also admitted to possession of a car jack and wheelbrace for use in a theft at Castleknock Car Centre, Beechpark, last April 13.

The court heard he has no previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said the court would benefit from seeing a probation report prior to sentencing.

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