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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Stolen car case too 'serious' for district court, says judge

James Molloy (33) will be tried in the circuit court. Photo: Evening Herald Staff Photographer
James Molloy (33) will be tried in the circuit court. Photo: Evening Herald Staff Photographer

A Dublin man accused of handling a stolen car that had been taken in a burglary three weeks before is facing trial on the charge.

James Molloy (33) was excused from appearing before Blanchardstown District Court after the matter was marked peremptory for the DPP's directions.

State solicitor Deirdre Manninger said a judge had previously refused jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level.

Judge John Lindsay said the allegation had "all the ingredients of a serious crime" and he would not deal with it.

Ms Manninger said the DPP has now directed trial in the circuit court.

A court previously heard it will be alleged that the stolen car, a Volkswagen Jetta, had been fitted with false plates that matched another Jetta.

Mr Molloy is charged with handling stolen property at his home at Whitestown Walk, Blanchardstown, last January 24.

Sgt Maria Callaghan had said gardai recovered a stolen Volkswagen Jetta during a search of the accused's home.

She said Mr Molloy had the keys for this vehicle.

Counterfeit

The sergeant said it will be alleged that the stolen car had a false 2010 Kerry registration plate while the correct registration was 2010 Wexford.

Sgt Callaghan alleged that the stolen car had been taken in a burglary from a house in Greystones, Co Wicklow, last December 30.

She also alleged that gardai found counterfeit tax and registration documents to match the false registration plates in the boot of the car.

The court heard that the value of the Jetta was between €8,000 and €9,000.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson had urged the judge to accept jurisdiction of the charge, saying Mr Molloy is facing only a handling charge.

However, Judge Lindsay refused jurisdiction to deal with the case at district court level.

When the matter came back before the court, Ms Manninger said the DPP was now directing trial on indictment in the circuit court.

She asked for the matter to be adjourned to a date in October for the service of the book of evidence.

Mr Molloy has not yet indicated a plea to the charge.

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