€4,000 fine and drive ban for handling stolen car

A Belleek man has been fined E4000 and banned from driving for two years after he admitted handling a stolen car, at Ballyshannon district court.

Shane McDermott (28) of Main Street, Belleek, county Fermanagh admitted having a silver Toyota Auris for sale in Ballyshannon on June 26 last year.

Sergeant Barry Doyle told the court that car was originally stolen in Manorcunningham, on May 17, 2012.

The court heard the 28 year-old defendant had the vehicle for sale on the Done Deal website for E10,000.

He admitted that he had bought the car and also admitted he knew that the vehicle was stolen.

When questioned by gardai, Shane McDermott said he bought the car for £1,000 in Belleek. The court was told the original value of the 2009 registration car was E15,000.

When asked whom he bought the car from, the defendant referred gardai to an individual in Sligo. But that individual denied all knowledge of the matter and the defendant, the court heard.

The court heard the defendant had previous convictions for theft, drunk driving and for having no insurance.

Defence solicitor John Murray said he was not quite sure how his client was going to get rid of the car.

His client had been very co-operative with the gardai.

Mr Murray said his client was starting a course in book-keeping in Enniskillen on Monday, Feb 10t.

He had alcohol issues and had joined AA to try and “keep himself right”.

Judge Kevin Kilrane said it was a “nasty crime” and the defendant had acted with “malice aforethought”.

The judge said Shane McDermott was effectively conning the original owner of the car and his prospective buyer.

Judge Kilrane said this crime would normally attract prison but he was prepared to fine the defendant E4,000 and give him a two-year driving ban instead. After a brief adjournment the cash sum was put before the court. Judge Kilrane then fined and banned the Belleek man from driving for two years.


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