Man bought stolen €10k car for €700
A FORMER mechanic's assistant bought a stolen Volkswagen Golf worth €10,000 for only €700, a court heard.
Conor Scully (23) was stopped driving the stolen car, which had its plates changed prior to him buying it.
Judge David McHugh ordered Scully to complete 120 hours community service instead of three months in prison.
The defendant, of St Margaret's Road in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving a stolen car at Hamptonwood Green in Finglas on May 7 last year.
Garda Mark Reilly said he was on mobile patrol when he stopped a 2008 Louth-registered Volkswagen Golf.
Gda Reilly said enquiries were carried out on the car and the correct registration number was 2008 Clare.
He said the vehicle had been stolen in a burglary in the Finglas area during April 2014.
The garda said Scully was questioned and he admitted buying the car, which was worth an estimated €10,000, for "€600 or €700".
Gda Reilly said the vehicle was returned to its owner undamaged.
The court heard the registration plate had been changed but the discs on the vehicle had not been changed.
Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Scully, a father of two, previously worked as a mechanic's assistant.
Mr Fleming said this was "not a sophisticated crime as the car was stolen in the local area" and Scully should have known better.