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Strung out addict robbed bike from dad who was buying ice cream for kid

Strung out addict robbed bike from dad who was buying ice cream for kid

A DRUG-addicted thief stole a bike from a father who had stopped and parked it to buy ice cream for his young daughter.

Derek Reville (40) was so “strung out” on tablets at the time he didn’t know he had cycled away on the bike until he saw the CCTV footage.

Judge Dermot Dempsey ordered Reville to pay €300 compensation and complete 240 hours of community service in lieu of one month in prison.

Reville admitted before Swords District Court to a theft charge on April 16 last year.

Garda Sarah Jane Woods said that, on the day in question, the victim was out cycling with his young daughter in the grounds of Malahide Castle.

Gda Woods said the pair put their bikes lying up against a wood post and sat down to enjoy an ice cream.

Gda Woods said the victim saw a man approach his bike, pick it up and cycle it out of the courtyard.

The garda said the bicycle was not recovered.

The court heard that Reville, of Tulip Court, Darndale, was identified as the culprit from CCTV footage.

The defendant had five previous convictions but hadn’t been in trouble for more than two years.

Defence solicitor Fiona D’Arcy said Reville has no recollection of this incident because he was “strung out” at the time and under the influence of tablets.

Ms D’Arcy said that Reville didn’t realise he had taken the bicycle until he saw the CCTV.

The solicitor said Reville hadn’t been in trouble since this incident and is now on a methadone maintenance programme. He is “doing very well”, said the solicitor.

In relation to this incident, Ms D’Arcy said Reville had “a slip” and was very sorry for his behaviour.

She also said the defendant’s father was in court to support him.

In addition to making a community service order, Judge Dempsey ordered Reville to compensate the victim for both his bicycle and his time in coming to court.