Newry Man Sentenced Following £1500 Bike Theft

A Newry man who stole a custom built mountain bike from the hallway of the owner has been handed a conditional discharge for a period of 12 months.

The district judge also ordered that the 34-year-old pay restitution to the sum of £750 to the injured party within six months.

John Paul McDonagh, of Ardcarn Park, pleaded guilty to theft and burglary at Newry Magistrates’ Court.

The injured party stated that they had left their custom built mountain bike in the communal hallway outside their apartment the previous night and it was gone come morning.

CCTV captured a male leaving on the bike, which was valued by the injured party at around £1,500.

Police circulated an image of the male and he was subsequently identified as this defendant.

McDonagh was arrested and when interviewed denied that it was he in the CCTV footage.

District Judge Eamonn King commented: “Some day I am going to have to draw a line under this kind of behaviour.”

Mr Lannon said McDonagh had believed the bike he stole to be “scrap” but the valuation of the injured party was accepted and it was acknowledged that it would have been a “sting” to them.

District Judge King handed the defendant an absolute discharge on the theft of clothing and a conditional discharge for 12 months in relation to the burglary.

McDonagh was also ordered to pay restitution of £750 to the injured party within 26 weeks.


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