A 20-YEAR- OLD man who was caught with 180 counterfeit DVDs and CDs at a Balbriggan market is to have the Probation Act applied if he brings €500 to court with him in October.
James McDonagh, Avilla Gardens in Finglas pleaded guilty at Swords District Court last week to possession of counterfeit DVDs and CDs at Balbriggan Sunday Market on May 15 2011. Garda Helen Gernon told the court that at 11.28am on May 15 2011 she apprehended the defendant who had 180 DVDs and CDs wrapped in a sheet which were removed from a stall. A selection of the CDs and DVDs including one entitled 'Summer Rain by James Morrison' were analysed by the Irish Record Music Association (IRMA) and were found to be in breach of copyright. McDonagh's solicitor, Sean Brown, said his client, who has no previous convictions, was not the main player in the operation. 'He is originally from Dundalk but now living in Finglas and is taking part in a CE scheme and is making significant progress,' said Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown suggested that perhaps Judge Dermot Dempsey would take a charitable donation from McDonagh and apply the Probation Act. Judge Dempsey said McDonagh 'may not have been the main player but it's the likes of him causing the problems'. He remanded McDonagh on bail to appear before Balbriggan District Court on October 18 and said he would take a certain course of action if McDonagh brings a charitable donation of €500 to be paid to the North East MS Therapy Centre.