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Man who was caught showing stolen car that was advertised on DoneDeal avoids jail

Conor Gallagher

Published 06/04/2016 | 14:27

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A Dublin man who was caught showing a stolen car that had been advertised on DoneDeal.ie has been given a suspended sentence.

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Garda Steve Kelly described Brian Cox (38) as the “gopher” in the operation when he caught him showing the car, which had been reported stolen almost a month earlier.

Cox, a father-of-one of Boot Road, Clondalkin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possessing the stolen car and using a false NCT disc at Chapelizod Road, Chapelizod on April 1, 2015. He has 39 previous convictions, including thefts and drugs offences.

Judge Melanie Greally imposed a two year sentence, suspended in full after hearing Cox has made efforts to rehabilitate since the offence.

Gda Kelly told Grainne O'Neill BL, prosecuting, that he was on patrol in the area when he saw two males in hoods talking to another man in a car park.

The two males, who were foreign nationals, told Gda Kelly they were looking at the car which had been advertised on DoneDeal.ie.

A garda check of the vehicle showed it was stolen and forensic analysis found that the NTC certificate was false.

He agreed with Fiona Pekaar BL, defending, that her client had faced an “element of intimidation” from an old drug debt when he got involved in the offence.

Ms Pekaar submitted to Judge Greally that her client had not been in trouble with gardaí since 2009.

Counsel outlined Cox's work history and submitted that he stayed out of trouble when employed.

She said he had received an intimidating call in April 2015, agreed to do “one thing” and was caught.

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