Dad-of-four involved in attempted bike theft
A father-of-four found "huddled" over a bicycle while another man tried to steal it in Dublin city centre has been given a four-month suspended sentence.
Michael Maguire (49) was homeless when he got involved in the theft attempt, a court heard.
Judge Alan Mitchell suspended the sentence for a year after Maguire pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property.
Dublin District Court heard that gardai on patrol at Custom House Quay last November 15 saw Maguire and a co-accused huddled over a bike in suspicious circumstances.
Maguire was holding the front wheel while the other man was trying to unlock the bicycle.
Maguire had met the other man and got involved in the attempted theft of the bike, his lawyer said. No damage was caused.
Maguire had a job in insulation before his marriage broke up and he became homeless.
Before that he had led a "reasonably resourceful life", his lawyer said.
He was currently living in "as permanent a hostel as he could get" and was starting the new year with prospects for gaining employment again.