Aspiring model avoids prison term for taking a ride in stolen vehicle
An aspiring model who was a passenger in a stolen car has avoided a prison sentence after she was deemed suitable for community service work.
Chloe McAllister (19) has also been placed on a probation bond for six months after she was found to be in possession of a key to a stolen car nearly two months later.
McAllister was a rear-seat passenger in the car, which was taken from a house in Skerries, Co Dublin, in the early hours of the morning, Swords District Court heard.
Garda John Lennon said he came across the stolen car at 3.25am at Barnageeragh Cove before it took off at speed.
He said the driver and front-seat passenger ran from the car, while McAllister and another female, who were in the rear, remained at the scene and were arrested.
McAllister, of Mourne Close in Skerries, pleaded guilty to unauthorised carriage in the car on May 28, 2016, in Skerries.
The teenager also pleaded guilty to being in possession of a car key for a stolen vehicle on July 10.
Sergeant Bob Kavanagh said she was stopped and found to have the car key, which didn't belong to her.
"It was then discovered the key belonged to a car on the stolen vehicles list," said Sgt Kavanagh.
The court heard McAllister has one previous conviction for being in unlawful possession of 12 bags of cannabis, with a street value of €300, on March 14, 2016.
She was caught with the drugs after they were thrown at her as she ran away from a moving vehicle.
At that time she claimed she was "desperately scared" and she foolishly took the cannabis, which did not belong to her. She received a €100 fine for this offence.
At that time, her mother told the court McAllister had been hanging around with a bad crowd but that she has "barely left the house" since that incident.
Defence barrister David Costello told the court McAllister is currently unemployed but has taken part in a number of photo shoots and is trying to build a modelling career.
After a positive probation report was handed into court recommending McAllister for community service work, Judge John Lindsay imposed 150 hours work in lieu of one month in prison.
He further placed her on a six-month probation bond for having the key of a stolen vehicle.