Yard thief 'thought batteries were scrap'
A father-of-four who stole truck batteries from a yard said he was collecting scrap and believed they had been discarded.
Patrick Maughan (30) took the batteries without permission, and had them in his possession when he was stopped nearby.
Maughan, of McCullen's Park, Balbriggan, was given a two-month suspended sentence when he admitted a theft charge.
Dublin District Court heard the incident took place at Truck Plant Service, at Baldoyle Industrial Estate, on January 25.
The batteries were taken from a large yard with truck access and Maughan was apprehended a short distance away with them.
The court heard the property was recovered and Maughan, who was involved in collecting scrap, was co-operative and thought the batteries were discarded.
Barrister Emmet Nolan said he was pleading guilty and taking responsibility.
He accepted he should not have taken them and it was not a case where he was "out thieving every day".
He was married and had struggled with alcohol in the past, the court heard.
Judge Dermot Simms suspended the sentence for a year.