Man tried to sell stolen power washer to owner
A MAN who tried to sell a stolen power washer on Done Deal to its rightful owner did not know the item was stolen, Blanchardstown District Court heard.
David McDonagh (31) was caught trying to sell the machine after the injured party saw an advertisement on the classified ads website which stated that the power washer was for sale.
McDonagh, of St Mary's Park, Dunsink in Finglas pleaded guilty to handling stolen property, namely a Honda GX 390 power washer on November 7, 2014.
Garda Gerard Smith told the court that on November 5 the rightful owner of the power washer saw an ad on Done Deal stating the item was for sale for €700. The injured party informed gardai and he arranged to meet McDonagh at The Spa Hotel car park in Lucan. Gardai also turned up at the venue.
McDonagh then admitted to gardai that he was in possession of the power washer but claimed he did not steal it.
He said he heard through acquaintances that the power washer was for sale. He said he bought it and was selling it on to make a profit. He said the serial number was still intact on the machine and asked the person who was selling it had it been stolen. He said he was informed it wasn't a stolen item.
The father-of-five, who is unemployed, has no previous convictions, the court heard.
The defendant's solicitor explained to Judge David McHugh that the 31-year-old had bought the power washer off someone else for €500 and placed it on Done Deal to sell it for €700 in order to make a profit.
His solicitor had asked if McDonagh could make a charitable donation to avoid a conviction but Judge McHugh refused. He convicted and fined McDonagh €100 instead.