Man jailed for stealing car on first date with woman
A MAN who stole the car off a woman during their first date has been jailed for 18 months.
Wesley Brennan (28) met the victim on the Plenty of Fish online dating site. He was later identified to gardai by the victim as she knew people who were in the background of his profile photograph.
During his date with the woman, Brennan began shouting at her over her driving skills and eventually told her to get out of the car and let him park.
She did this and he got into the car and drove off. He later sold the car off to scrap dealers in Ashbourne, Co Meath.
Brennan, of Manor Lodge, Manor Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to theft of the Honda Accord worth €5,500 at Wicklow Street in Dublin city centre on March 26, 2013.
"He was a bit lacking in the chivalry stakes," Judge Martin Nolan said, imposing sentence.
James Dwyer BL, defending, told the court that when the victim had first contacted Brennan on the website she didn't think there was anything "fishy" about him because they both knew the same people.
They planned to go to a Chinese restaurant in the city and she drove her car. When they had reached the city centre his attitude towards her changed and he began shouting at her about her driving, she told gardai.
He told her to get out of the car and let him park and she did so because she felt she had to.
Brennan got into the car and threw her bag at her before driving away. The car was later recovered in a broken up state after parts of it had been used by scrappage dealers.
Garda David Sharkey agreed with Mr Dwyer that there was no violence used in the theft and that he did not put Ms Dunphy in fear. "She was flustered to some degree," he said.
Counsel said his client had fallen into homelessness and drug addiction. He owed a €2,500 drug debt and was using this theft to repay some of it. He apologised to the victim.
Judge Nolan said that Brennan had a fertile imagination to come up with this scheme but it was hard to believe.
He backdated the sentence to last September when Brennan went into custody after his bail was revoked.