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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Car bought with fake bank draft, court is told

A DUBLIN man allegedly bought a car with a counterfeit bank draft and then tried to sell it back to its former owner for cash after he saw it advertised on a website, a court heard.

Noel Cullen (36) allegedly paid €13,500 for an Audi A4 but its owner discovered the bank draft was fake when he went to cash it.

Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain adjourned the matter to September for Mr Cullen to indicate a plea to the charges.

The accused, of Cherry Orchard Avenue in Ballyfermot, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with stealing a 2008-registered Audi A4 at Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge on March 18, 2014.

He is also accused of driving without insurance on March 19.

Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, Sgt Maria Callaghan claimed the victim arranged to sell his car to Mr Cullen through a website.

Mr Cullen allegedly bought the car with a bank draft for €13,500.

Sgt Callaghan alleged the victim found the bank draft was fake when he went to cash it.

He then saw his car advertised for sale for €8,500 on a website, and tried to buy it back from Mr Cullen.

Sgt Callaghan said the victim also contacted gardai. He got his car back.

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