A retiree who staged the theft of his e-bike as part of a fraudulent insurance claim has found himself without a criminal record.
ohn Collins (71) was surprised when he was seen on CCTV pulling the bike out of where it was locked up himself.
Judge Bryan Smyth struck out the case after hearing that Collins had paid compensation for making a false claim of €1,425 for the cost of the bike on his home insurance.
Collins, of St Pappins Road, Glasnevin, pleaded guilty to dishonestly winning by deception.
Dublin District Court heard that on November 2, 2020, the defendant reported the theft of an e-bike.
He told Aviva Insurance he wanted to make a claim for the loss of the bike on his home insurance policy and was paid.
During the investigation, however, Collins was seen on CCTV returning to where he had parked the bike and removing it himself. He was seen leaving the scene with his own possessions.
The accused admitted to having falsely claimed his insurance and falsely declared the theft of the bicycle.
He had no prior convictions of any kind.
Collins had worked his whole life and was now retired, his attorney Claire Finnegan said.
At the time of the incident, he was taking medication that made him prone to acting impulsively and “completely out of character”, she said.
A letter was presented to the court stating the effect the drug had on him.
He had spent the money to fix a flood in his kitchen.
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