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'Stressed' dad-to-be tried to steal bicycle

A "STRESSED" father-to-be was caught trying to steal a bicycle after an all-day drinking session, a court heard.

Gardai caught Dominic Hyland (23) "red-handed" on a city street attempting to cut the lock on the bicycle with a hacksaw and vicegrips.

Judge Alan Mitchell adjourned the case against him for the production of a probation report at Dublin District Court.

Hyland, of Barry Drive, Finglas pleaded guilty to attempted theft and unlawful possession of a hacksaw and vice grips.

The offences happened at Parnell Street on July 19 last.

Sgt Zita Woods said gardai on patrol around midnight saw the accused and another man acting suspiciously at a bike rack.

The accused was "caught red handed" trying to cut the lock on a bicycle.

The accused's partner was pregnant, his mother was unwell and he was under a "great deal of stress", his solicitor told the court.

Things "got on top of" Hyland and he took to drinking to excess.

He was not in his right mind at the time of the offence, having been out drinking all day.

He found the implements in a laneway beside a pub and the attempted theft was "opportunistic", his solicitor continued.

He did not go out with the intention of stealing.

Judge Mitchell said he took a serious view about what happened.

"What's been expressed to me is that it was either a perfect storm or a symptom of something else," he said.