A GARDA has been charged with a number of theft and deception offences after he allegedly asked motorists to make a payment to charity instead of getting penalty points or going to court.
Garda Mark Egan (35), of Dunshaughlin garda station, appeared at Navan District Court in respect of 10 charges. Five charges allege deception and five allege the theft of €50 for a total of €250.
The court heard all offences took place on October 8 and 9 last year at locations including Navan, Castleknock and the Dublin Industrial Estate in Glasnevin. Two are alleged to have been at a place unknown.
Detective Inspector Frank Keeneghan said it is alleged Gda Egan stopped a number of drivers and that he requested them to make payments to a charity of his choice in lieu of getting penalty points or going to court.
Judge Denis McLoughlin said that the amounts involved were quite small and that the total added up to just a few hundred euro.
The judge said he would accept jurisdiction.
The defence solicitor asked for the case to be adjourned and Garda Inspector Ollie Keegan said gardai were consenting to this.
The accused was remanded on continuing bail to October 22.
A garda spokesman confirmed that Gda Egan was currently suspended from duty.