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Thursday 8 December 2016

Driver bought stolen diesel 'at a low price'

Lee Ryan (40) was out of work when he was offered the fuel at a
Lee Ryan (40) was out of work when he was offered the fuel at a "low price". Gardai later stopped him and found it had been siphoned from a truck. (Stock image)

A driver ended up in court after he agreed to buy stolen diesel from a man he got "chatting to" in a hotel, a court heard

Lee Ryan (40) was out of work when he was offered the fuel at a "low price". Gardai later stopped him and found it had been siphoned from a truck.

Fining him €80, Judge David McHugh said it was "the ultimate in a petty crime".

Blanchardstown District Court heard Ryan was caught with two-and-a-half five-litre drums of the diesel.

The father-of-one admitted handling stolen property.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told the court the incident happened at Coldwinters, Finglas, on September 15 last year.

Ryan was stopped on the N2 and was found in possession of the fuel, which was worth €70 and had been siphoned from a truck without the knowledge or permission of the owner.

Ryan, from Sundale Avenue, Jobstown, Tallaght, had an "excellent work history" in a number of jobs, including driving trucks and as a roofer, his barrister Jennifer Jackson said.

He had been in the middle of a separation from his partner at the time and was going through "difficulties", she added.

Ryan had no drink or drug problems and was sole carer for his teenage son, Ms Jackson said.

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