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Castle lead thief caused €4k of damage

A FATHER-of-two caused over €4,000 damage to a lodge at Malahide Castle when he tried to steal lead from the roof.

Demian Costica (28) was on the top of the lodge pulling the lead material off the roof when gardai arrived on the scene.

A court heard that Costica was hoping to sell the lead roofing to make money.

Judge Grainne Malone said Costica was lucky he was not facing trial in the Circuit Court considering the damage he caused.

The defendant, of North Circular Road, Dublin 7, admitted theft and criminal damage at Swords District Court.

Garda Margaret Coyle said Costica and an accomplice climbed over the wall at Malahide Castle and stole lead from a roof.

Gda Coyle said Costica was on the roof pulling off the lead material when she arrived on the scene on September 3 last.

The garda said the defendant caused €4,350 damage to the lodge. The value of the lead he stole was €1,050. It was recovered but could not be used again.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Costica is married with two children.

Ms D'Arcy said Costica does not get social welfare, and gets his income from begging. She said he was taking the lead as he hoped to sell it to make money.

The court heard that Costica was sorry for his behaviour, but he was unable to pay compensation for the damage he caused.

Judge Malone ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned the case to February.