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Man took crash lights to decorate motorcycle

a DUBLIN man stole emergency lighting from the scene of a serious car crash on the M50 so he could use them to decorate his motorbike, a court has heard.

Paul King (33) from Hillcrest Avenue, Lucan, pleaded guilty and apologised yesterday for the theft of two Mepro emergency lights on December 26 last.

Garda Christopher O'Shaughnessy told Dublin District Court that emergency services had been called out to deal with an accident. Special blue flashing LED lights had been placed around the scene.

Gda O'Shaughnessy, of Blanchardstown station, said the accused slowed to a halt and "lifted two lights off the ground and put them in his car".

Gda O'Shaughnessy was alerted and pursued King who pulled over and had his car searched.

The lights, worth €175, were found in the back of his car.

"He admitted to me that he was taking them to decorate his motorcycle," Gda O'Shaughnessy.

Asked by the judge if he had anything to say, King at first said, "No," but then added, "sorry."

Adjourning the case until January, Judge O'Leary ordered that if he paid €150 to the court poor box within three months, she would strike out the case.

She also warned that if he failed to pay the money, she would record a conviction and fine him €200 which would have to be paid within three months or he would be jailed for five days in default.