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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Man used online ad to sell €2.4k stolen car

Mooney, of Barnville Park, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to deceiving a man into buying a stolen Opel Astra. Stock Picture
Mooney, of Barnville Park, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to deceiving a man into buying a stolen Opel Astra. Stock Picture

A Dublin man sold a stolen car to another man who answered an advertisement for the vehicle on a website, a court has heard.

Keith Mooney (31) met the man in a hotel car park after the victim arranged to buy the vehicle.

Mooney, of Barnville Park, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to deceiving a man into buying a stolen Opel Astra.

The offence happened at the Red Cow Moran Hotel car park on June 3, 2015.

Sergeant Maria Call-aghan said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level.

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Sgt Callaghan said the victim contacted the seller of a car on the Done Deal website and arranged to meet.

He met the accused at the hotel car park and Mooney presented the car to him.

The victim bought it for €2,400.

Judge David McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case.

This means it can be finalised in the district court instead of being sent to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has greater potential sentencing powers on conviction.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming asked the judge to adjourn the case for sentencing.

The judge put it back to a date in May.

Mooney was remanded on continuing bail.

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