A man who appeared in court on a charge relating to bike theft got little sympathy when he revealed that his own bike had been stolen that very morning – something the judge described as “poetic justice.”
Declan Martin, aged 41, was riding his bike past a police station in Dublin in April this year and pushing another one when he was spotted by an officer who was coming out of the building, reports Independent.ie.
Garda Niall Kenny stopped Martin outside Pearse Street Garda Station since he wanted to know where he was going and was "not satisfied he was the owner" of the bike that he was pushing along.
It transpired that the bike had been stolen a week earlier on O’Connell Street, where its owner had locked it up.
Admitting a charge of handling stolen property, Martin told Dublin District Court that he had not stolen the bike, worth €1,000, himself but had accepted it as collateral to a €40 loan he had made to someone.
His lawyer told the court, “He accepts it was very reckless."
A fire around four years ago had left Martin with reduced lung capacity and suffering from pleurisy and emphysema, leading Judge Conal Gibbons to observe that he found it hard to believe the accused could cycle at all.
He went on: "It is nigh on impossible to protect a pushbike in Dublin.
"It's a shocking state of affairs that you can't leave a bike by the side of the road in Dublin. You have to wrap it up in chains and even a bike that was secured in this way was still stolen by somebody and delivered to the accused."
Martin said, "My own one was stolen this morning,” to which Judge Gibbons replied, "You have often heard of the expression poetic justice. There is a touch of poetic justice in this."
Sentencing Martin, the judge handed down an eight-month jail term, suspended for one year.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.