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Sunday 4 December 2016

Young dad tried to sell stolen car to garda

The car was observed by a passing garda patrol
The car was observed by a passing garda patrol

A FATHER-of-two tried to sell a stolen car to an undercover garda, a court has heard.

Karl Burke (27) had got mixed up with some "very bad characters" when he committed the crime.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case against him at Blanchardstown District Court for a pre-sentence probation report.

Sgt Mary Doherty told Judge McHugh that the DPP had consented to the case being dealt with at district court level.

"He tried to sell a stolen car to an undercover garda," she said.

Burke had previous convictions for motoring offences.

"He is a young man who found himself in a difficult position," said Burke's lawyer. "He came under the influence of some serious individuals.

"He doesn't seem like a bad young man - he just got mixed up with some very bad characters."

Burke was on a back-to-work scheme and was "doing the best he can".

His lawyer asked Judge McHugh if the prosecuting garda could be present when the case is being finalised.

The accused had two young children and was in a long-term relationship.

Burke, of The Coppice, Woodfarm Acres, Palmers- town, pleaded guilty to driving and handling a stolen car at the N11, Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow, last January 16.

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