Suspect accused of parking meters damage
A MAN has appeared in court charged with possession of a tool designed for breaking open parking meters.
Danel Uszcai (21) was remanded on continuing bail after being charged in connection with two incidents in which parking meters were tampered with in Dublin.
Uszcai, with an address at St Vincent's Hall, Collins Avenue, is charged with criminal damage and possession of implements for use in the course of a theft.
Dublin District Court heard it was alleged the accused and another man interfered with a pay-and-display machine at the Shelbourne Road on December 20, 2008.
Gardai allegedly saw the two walk away from the machine and found damage had been caused to one side, which had holes drilled into it.
The cost of the damage was €300. Implements, including a drill, were found in a nearby garden.
In another incident, on January 27, it was alleged the accused interfered with a Dublin City Council parking meter at Bishop Street.
"Gardai approached and found the defendant in possession of an implement used to pick the locks of these machines," a garda sergeant alleged.
Judge William Early adjourned the cases for three weeks at the request of the defence.