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Thursday 29 September 2016

Mechanic 'shocked' that car was stolen

Blanchardstown District Court

Paul Kilbride
Paul Kilbride

A MECHANIC who agreed to fix a car that had been stolen from a rental company was so shocked when gardai stopped him he had to be taken to hospital with heart palpitations.

Paul Kilbride (48) was out of work and "thought something might not be right", but went ahead with the repair work anyway before he was arrested.

Judge David McHugh banned him from driving for two years and fined him €100 at Blanchardstown District Court.

Kilbride, of Cushlawn Close, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to unauthorised use of a car and uninsured driving at Cloverhill Road, Clondalkin on March 7, 2015.

The court heard gardai stopped the accused at 5.20pm on the day. The car had been parked up and they had been "watching it for a while".

The car had been stolen from Hertz at North Circular Road on June 25 last year. Kilbride had no previous convictions. He had made no attempt to conceal the identity of the vehicle, which had the same plates from when it was stolen.

Kilbride had been asked to "do some work for somebody" on the car and "thought something might not be right", his solicitor Simon Fleming said.

HEART

When the gardai told him it was stolen, it was so shocking he had heart palpitations and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance.

He had children and had not come to the attention of the gardai before, Mr Fleming said.

Gardai were satisfied that the accused was not the man who stole the car. Kilbride had been self-employed.

"He had an idea everything wasn't right but he proceeded regardless," Mr Fleming said.

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