Fingerprint trail trapped car thief
A Man was linked to a car theft by the "perfect match" of his fingerprints to prints on fragments of the vehicle found in the owner's driveway.
Laurence Ryan (20), with an address at Lindisfarne Park, Clondalkin, admitted a charge of unlawful interference with a car that was taken while parked outside a house in west Dublin.
Judge Catherine Murphy adjourned the case for a probation report on Ryan.
Garda Nodhlaig Meany told Dublin District Court the owner reported the theft of his car, which was taken from his driveway in September 2008. He found the removed steering wheel cowling in his garden. Fingerprints were recovered from the cowling and the defendant was arrested. He was fingerprinted and when the prints were examined, they were found to be a "perfect match".
Judge Catherine Murphy said it was "inexcusable" that Ryan had left it to the day of his hearing to change his plea to guilty.
"I'm sorry, your honour," Ryan said. "I didn't understand what the charge was."
Asked if he remembered the offence, he replied: "I don't know, I must have been off my face."