Tuesday 25 October 2016

Plumber who went back to date's house took her car as he 'had no way of getting home'

Eimear Cotter

Published 26/01/2016 | 09:09

Garda. File picture
Garda. File picture

A PLUMBER who went back to his date's house after the pair met on a matchmaking site took her car as he had no other way of getting home.

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David Brennan (34) gave false details to the woman he dated, but gardai later found the car at his home in Tallaght.

A court heard Brennan has had a partner for a number of years, and she is battling cancer.

Judge David McHugh said Brennan's behaviour was "high-handed and cavalier".

The judge sentenced Brennan to four months in prison but suspended it for 12 months.

The defendant, of Redwood Lawns in Tallaght, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to the unauthorised taking of a vehicle at Erris Square, Waterville in Blanchardstown on October 20, 2014.

Garda Martina Drew said Brennan met the victim on a dating website and the pair arranged a date.

Gda Drew said the couple went on another date and Brennan was in the woman's home.

The garda said Brennan took the car keys to the victim's Nissan Almeria, and drove it home.

Gda Drew said Brennan gave false details to the injured party.


The court heard the 2002- registered car was later found outside the defendant's home.

Brennan has 26 previous convictions, but he hasn't been in trouble since 2010.

Defence solicitor Kelly Breen said Brennan was "at a location far from where he wanted to be", so he took the keys of the car to make his way home.

Ms Breen said Brennan and the injured party had "some communication" after the incident, but they're no longer in contact with each other.

In relation to the incident, Ms Breen said it was "not what he ought to have done".

Ms Breen said Brennan has a partner who she is suffering from cancer and receiving chemotherapy.

Ms Breen asked the judge not to send Brennan to jail, as he is working and supporting his sick partner.

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