Anxiety dad is fined €50 for taking lift in stolen van
A man who claimed his "mate" pulled over and asked him to get into a van that was stolen earlier that day has been handed a fine and a ban after he failed to come up with €50 as a charitable donation.
David Moloney (23) was ordered to donate the money to the Peter McVerry Trust if he wanted to avoid a conviction for unauthorised carriage in a stolen vehicle.
However, as he could not come up with the money, Judge Dermot Dempsey fined him €50 and imposed a six-month driving ban.
Moloney claimed he was on antidepressants at the time and only remembers waking up in a cell.
"My mate pulled over and asked me to get into the van," he said.
When asked by the judge what the name of that friend was, Moloney then denied his friend pulled over.
"I just said friend as I was under pressure. I just came out with that. I suffer anxiety and I can't take this," he said.
"No, he wasn't my mate. I can only remember what the garda told me."
Moloney, of Deanstown Park, Finglas, pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to unauthorised carriage.
Gda Eoin Brehony told the court that the Ford Transit van, which was stolen in Blanchardstown, had been fitted with a satellite tracker. The van was located in Swords and Moloney was found in the passenger seat.
"He said he got a lift off the man driving it and he was under the influence of medication at the time," said Gda Brehony.
Moloney's solicitor said the father-of-two had explained how he was in the van.
"But he said he can't remember, so how can he give an explanation?" said the judge.
The judge fixed recognisance in the event of an appeal.