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Crash teen was carrying stolen fireman's tool

A TEENAGER was caught with a fireman's specialised tool after he was involved in a three-car crash.

Firefighters who were called to the scene recognised the rake in the back of his pick-up, a court heard.

Patrick Joyce (18) claimed he did not realise the rake, which he used for burning cable, was a specialised piece of equipment for firefighters. It had earlier been stolen from North Strand fire station.

Judge Patrick McMahon fined Joyce, of Moatview Avenue, Coolock, €200.

He admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to possession of stolen property on January 20. Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai and the Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the scene of a three-car accident at Charlestown Place in Finglas.

Garda Callaghan said firefighters and gardai spoke to Joyce, who was driving a 2003-registered blue Toyota pick-up.





Debris

The sergeant said firefighters noticed the rake, in the back of the pick-up truck and recognised it as an item which had been stolen from North Strand fire station.

The court heard the rake is used by firemen to clear up debris after fires.

It was later positively identified by its ID number.

Defence solicitor Kerrie O'Connor said Joyce got the rake from a friend, and had used it when he was burning cable.

Ms O'Connor said that Joyce did not know the item was stolen, or that it was a piece of specialised equipment used by firefighters.

She said the defendant was involved in a car crash, and the item was spotted by members of the fire brigade when they were called to the scene.

Ms O'Connor said Joyce was currently unemployed and on social welfare, but had completed several FAS courses.

Judge McMahon fined him €200.

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