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Kevin Gilligan in court for taking items out of rubbish skip
9:02am Thursday 15th July 2010 in News
A JOBLESS man was arrested and charged after he took two old bicycle frames out of a rubbish skip.
Kevin Gilligan, 48, thought they had been thrown away and did not belong to anyone, said his solicitor Sally Howard.
But items in a skip belong either to the person who put them there, or to the owner of the skip.
Steven Ovenden, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said the cycle frames had been returned to their owner, the National Railway Museum, and presumably been put back in the skip.
Gilligan, of Lindsey Avenue, Acomb, pleaded guilty to stealing two bicycle frames and was given a 12-month conditional discharge.
He was also ordered to pay a £50 fine because he was already on a conditional discharge for an offence of graffiti, £85 prosecution costs and a £15 Government-imposed victim surcharge.
Mr Ovenden said a member of the public spotted Gilligan and a second man removing the frames from the skip in Leeman Road and called police, who caught Gilligan nearby.
Mrs Howard said Gilligan was made redundant after 18 years working for Portakabin and had been unable to get alternative work. She said he had fallen in with the wrong crowd and was now trying to stay away from them and concentrate on his angling interests.