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Sunday 25 September 2016

Man accused of trying to sell stolen cars worth €8k

Marius Stravinskas is accused of trying to sell stolen cars
Marius Stravinskas is accused of trying to sell stolen cars

A man accused of trying to sell two stolen vehicles, valued at over €8,000, to another individual has been sent forward for trial.

Marius Stravinskas (39) was served with the book of evidence when he appeared on bail before Blanchardstown District Court.

The accused is charged with trying to induce another individual to purchase a Ford Mondeo, with a false 2009 Cavan registration number, with intent of making gain for himself.

The alleged incident took place at Steeplechase Court, Ratoath, Co Meath on July 2 last year.

Mr Stravinskas, with an address at Beechwood Downs in Clonsilla, allegedly wanted €4,300 for the stolen car.

Mr Stravinskas is further charged with handling a stolen Ford Mondeo car and with using a false vehicle registration certificate at the same time and place.

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In a second alleged incident on August 7, 2015, Mr Stravinskas is further accused of trying to induce an individual to purchase a Toyota Vitz, again with intent of making gain for himself at Steeplechase Green, also in Ratoath, Co Meath.

In this second incident, it is alleged that he was looking for €4,400 cash for the car.

He is also accused of handling a stolen Toyota Vitz and with having a false vehicle registration certificate at the same time and place.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Stravinskas the formal alibi caution.

The judge also assigned defence solicitor John O'Doherty and one junior counsel on free legal aid.

Judge McHugh ordered that a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with the accused be furnished to his legal team.

Mr Stravinskas has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charges.

He was remanded on the same bail to appear before the circuit court in October.

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