Case adjourned for community service report

A MAN who stole a Yamaha motorcycle on Christmas Day had his case adjourned for a probation report querying his suitability for community service at the last sitting of KIlkenny District Court.

A MAN who stole a Yamaha motorcycle on Christmas Day had his case adjourned for a probation report querying his suitability for community service at the last sitting of KIlkenny District Court.

Michael O’Dwyer, Baunree, Stoneyford admitted the offence at Leinster View, Castlecomer Road on December 25, 2008.

Solicitor Michael Lanigan told the court that at 4.50am a garda encountered the defendant in the middle of the road pushing a motorcycle. “When my client saw the gardai he dropped the motorcycle and ran and was caught shortly afterwards. The defendant admitted that he had taken it from a nearby house,” he said.

Mr Lanigan told the court that the defendant, a 22-year-old saw the motorcycle parked at the side of the house. “He spotted it when he was walking past. He moved it outside onto the road. He tried to hotwire it but it didn’t work. He was trying to push it to start it when he was apprehended by gardai,” added Mr Lanigan.

The court also heard that the defendant had addiction problems but was drug free for the past seven months and was not taking any prescription drugs and that his parents had moved from the city to the country to help him break the cycle. The defendant has also completed a course in the Cuan Mhuire Treatment Centre.

Judge William Harnett adjourned the case until April 12 to allow for the preparation of a probation report.