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Brothers tried to steal from parking meter

TWO men seen attempting to steal from a parking meter were caught leaving the scene in a taxi, then identified on CCTV, a court heard.

Gheorge and Ioan Bilt, both aged 26, were seen interfering with the meter while sparks flew from it in the incident in Dublin city centre.

The accused, of the same address at Botanic Avenue, Dublin 9, had both pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal damage to the parking meter and attempted theft.

Judge Michael Walsh found them not guilty of the first but convicted them of the second.

Gheorge Bilt was told he could avoid jail if he is found suitable for community service.

His co-accused was given the benefit of the Probation Act.

Garda Michael Galligan was on patrol in the north city centre at 2.30am on March 27 when an incident involving two men interfering with a meter outside the Q car park on Marlborough Street was reported and a description of the suspects circulated.

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He made his way to the area where he stopped a taxi with two male occupants, the defendants. Their own car was at the scene and they were arrested.

Garda Galligan reviewed CCTV footage of the incident and saw the two accused at the meter wearing the clothes they were arrested in.

"I satisfied myself that the two persons interfering with the parking meter were the defendants," the garda said.

Leanora Frawley, for Ioan Bilt, argued the garda could not possibly have identified him, saying that all that was visible on the footage was a person wearing dark clothing.

Judge Walsh said having seen the video footage he had no doubt that the accused men were the people at the meter.

He found the facts proven on the attempted theft charge.

aphelan@herald.ie


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