A MAN who admitted moving a stolen car for cash for a criminal gang as he was hard up for money has been remanded on continuing bail for a probation and welfare report.
Larry Smith (42) took gardai on a chase from Ronanstown to the Fonthill Road before he crashed into a traffic island at Liffey Valley roundabout in the BMW which was stolen from Blackrock four days previously.
Smith, of Neilstown Park in Clondalkin pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to dangerous driving and driving without insurance on the N4 in Lucan on October 21, 2014.
Garda Declan O'Reilly said that when he approached the car, Smith accelerated and drove off failing to stop at a number of T-junctions and driving through red lights. After the crash, Smith was arrested and admitted he was to be paid €500 to move the car.
He has 17 previous convictions, including a conviction for robbery in which he received a seven-year sentence at Preston Crown Court in the UK in the 1990s.
Defence solicitor Jennifer Jackson said the father-of-two panicked as he knew it was a garda car behind him.
"At the time he was under huge financial pressure and couldn't pay his bills," Ms Jackson said.
Judge Alan Mitchell remanded Smith until September 4 and said he would normally consider a prison sentence but he wants a probation report to "look into the defendant's likelihood to re-offend."