A Buncrana man has appeared in court docket after being discovered behind the wheel of a automobile stolen from a Letterkenny automobile dealership.
Carnival employee Declan McCabe appeared earlier than Letterkenny District Court docket in reference to an incident on February 22, 2022.
When questioned by Gardai, McCabe admitted to being in possession of a stolen car, a Volkswagen Passat, at Dry Arch Service Station on the date in query.
McCabe, a 20-year-old of Letterfahan, Buncrana, spoke solely to plead responsible earlier than Choose Éiteáin Cunningham. A cost of taking a car with out authority was withdrawn, whereas McCabe, sporting a blue tracksuit prime and shorts, additionally confronted medicine costs over a separate matter.
Sergeant Jim Collins advised the court docket how Gardai liaised with their colleagues from the PSNI who attended a street site visitors accident involving a 10-DL Passat.
A daring gang stole three automobiles from Thomas Keys & Sons Automotive Gross sales at Ballyraine, Letterkenny.
McCabe admitted to Gardai that he was in possession of a set of keys, which had been faraway from the storage. McCabe advised Gardai that he was not the one who entered the storage to take the keys. Sergeant Collins mentioned the accused was absolutely co-operative when apprehended at 4.40am.
McCabe was additionally earlier than the court docket on medicine costs.
On November 2, 2021 undercover Gardai purchased two zip-locked baggage containing a substance from McCabe. The transaction passed off at Neil T Blaney Highway, Letterkenny. The substance was analysed by Forensic Science Eire (FSI) and confirmed as hashish to the worth of €50. When arrested, McCabe was absolutely co-operative, Sergeant Collins mentioned.
McCabe was charged with being in possession of a managed drug, hashish, for the aim of promoting or in any other case supplying it to a different. He was additionally charged with the possession of hashish.
Sergeant Jim Collins knowledgeable the court docket that McCabe has earlier convictions for unauthorised taking of a car and theft.
Mr Rory O’Brien, solicitor for McCabe, mentioned ‘tragic circumstances’ had befallen his shopper.
“He has been in care for many of his life, since he was aged three, and he has had a really tough background from foster house to foster house,” Mr O’Brien mentioned. That isn’t to justify or condone what occurred.”
The court docket heard that McCabe works with a carnival and travels typically.
“He has maintained a place of employment and he’s a tough working younger man,” Mr O’Brien mentioned, including that McCabe just lately received married.
Mr O’Brien mentioned McCabe wished to convey an apology and he absolutely accepted his wrongdoing. McCabe has not come to the hostile consideration of Gardai because the incident and had made full admissions relating to the costs.
Choose Cunningham mentioned that in mild of the steps McCabe has taken that he would possibly profit from a probation and welfare report. The case was adjourned till December 4 to permit for the preparation of the report.
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