Thief used 'little trick' to steal from parking meter
A father-of-one who stole cash from a parking meter had known a "little trick" to release the money, a court has heard.
Ioan Bibart (31) was in financial hardship when he took €63 from the meter on a south Dublin street.
Judge Anthony Halpin fined him €99, adding that the cost of parking was "unbelievable".
Bibart, of The Paddocks Square, Lucan, pleaded guilty to theft.
Dublin District Court heard he was caught on CCTV footage taken at Ailesbury Road, Ballsbridge, last May 30.
At 5.20am, he was seen interfering with a parking meter, removing €63.10 from it. The cash was never recovered.
The court heard that Bibart, who had nine previous convictions, was fully co-operative with gardai.
Bibart had been working since he came to Ireland from Romania in his mid-20s, his solicitor Tony Collier said.
He had been in full-time employment for most of that time, was in a stable relationship and was supporting his child.
However, at the time of the theft, he found himself in financial hardship and "knows a little trick how to release this money," Mr Collier said.
Judge Halpin said: "He has an angle on this."
Bibart had kept out of trouble, but resorted to this "trick" and regretted his actions, Mr Collier added.
Judge Halpin said the cost of on-street parking was €4 an hour and was "unbelievable".
"But it still doesn't make it right. You can't do that, it's wrong," he added.
Mr Collier agreed that the parking cost was "extortionate", but the accused accepted his actions were wrong.
The judge said not many people would park on the street in question.
He gave the accused six months to pay the fine.