Teens 'messing' when they cycled tourist's bike out of castle
Two teenagers who cycled a four-seater pedal car out of the grounds of a castle were "messing" and got carried away, a court has heard.
Aaron Reville (18) and Keith Delaney (19) were spotted by the owner as they made off on the specialist bicycle.
Judge Patricia McNamara sentenced Delaney to four months in prison suspended for 18 months.
In relation to Reville, she imposed a three month suspended sentence.
Reville, of Snowdrop Walk in Darndale and Delaney, of Templeview Avenue in Clare Hall, admitted before Swords District Court to taking the Surrey four-seat pedal cycle on August 21.
Garda Matthew O'Connor said the bike is used by tourists going around Malahide Castle.
He said the defendants cycled the bike out of the castle grounds and abandoned it 500 metres down the road.
Gda O'Connor said the owner spotted the teens taking the bike, which was recovered quickly and was undamaged.
Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the teenagers were "messing with the lads" and "got carried away".
In relation to Delaney, he has 13 previous convictions and is currently serving a sentence.
Ms D'Arcy said Delaney is set to spend his second Christmas in a row in prison. She said he had a drug problem but is now clean and wants to get on with his life.
Reville has no drink or drug problems, said Ms D'Arcy, and he is "genuinely sorry" for his behaviour.