Man in court over Kilmacrennan car theft

A man found at the scene of a report of an unauthorisied taking of a vehicle became abusive to gardaí, a court has heard.

A man found at the scene of a report of an unauthorisied taking of a vehicle became abusive to gardaí, a court has heard.

James Alcorn (22) of 17 Cluain Ard, Letterkenny appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with unauthorised taking of a vehicle.

Inspector David Kelly told the court that gardaí responded to the report of vehicle theft at Millbrdige, Kilmacrennan on March 23rd last.

Alcorn gave no valid reason for being in the area. Inspector Kelly said the witness to the incident had been in an adjacent premises and saw Alcorn enter the car which belonged to a friend.

He then attempted to leave the scene on foot and became abusive to gardaí. As he tried to flee he said: “If you bouncers think you are going to arrest me you can f**k off.”

The court was told that Alcorn has more than 73 previous convictions including several convictions for dangerous driving which included one six-month prison sentence.

Solicitor Frank Dorrian said Alcorn had started getting into trouble when he was 15. He said Alcorn had been raised by his mother who had done everything in her power to “give him everything he needed”.

Mr. Dorrian said Alcorn had “no insight into what was going on that day and for a day either side”. Alcorn has been “abusing drugs all his life,” the solicitor said.

Judge Mary Devins told Alcorn told the defendant: “We all have to stand on our own two feet in this world,” she said. She adjourned the case for a “cooling off period” until September but ordered him to stay clear of drugs and to undertake urine analysis.