A divorced father-of-three who started selling fake DVDs because of a massive credit card debt may receive a community service order instead of prison.
Richard Tyrell (51) of Wolfe Tone Close, Jervis Street, Dublin 1, was caught after he sold a copyright inspector three counterfeit DVDs.
The inspector had initially selected two films but Tyrell encouraged him to buy three as it was better value.
The gardai returned to Tyrell's market stall hours later and arrested him. He immediately took responsibility and called his son to bring his DVD recording machine to the garda station.
Tyrell pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to selling counterfeit DVDs at Northside Indoor Market, in Butterly Business Park, Artane, on December 17, 2011, and to custody or control of equipment designed for making copies of work on the same date.
Tyrell has no previous convictions.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring said everyone is entitled to a chance and ordered a probation report for the next date in June.
She requested that the Probation Service assess Tyrell for suitability for community service before commenting: "Society can be repaid in other forms if he is found suitable."
Garda Brian Daly told Colm O'Briain, prosecuting, that gardai from Coolock got a warrant to search Tyrell's stall and discovered a number of fake DVDs in boxes and suitcases.
Tyrell was immediately co-operative and told gardai there was no need to search his home before asking his son to bring his recording equipment to the station.
He told gardai he had worked all his life but had been made redundant the previous year.
Tyrell produced a solicitor's letter outlining that he had a credit card debt amounting to €14,628.
He said he had initially started selling imported goods from China on his market stall but the business was not viable and "the opportunity arose" to sell the fake DVDs.
Garda Daly agreed with Cormac Quinn, defending, that it was obvious that the DVDs were fake as the sleeves on them were of such bad quality.
He accepted that Tyrell has not come to garda attention before or since his arrest.
Mr Quinn told Judge Ring that his client has a new partner and also has three adult children from his previous relationship. He said Tyrell is actively seeking work but has been unsuccessful.