Sunday 23 November 2014

Man faces trial over fake plates on stolen cars

Eimear Cotter

Published 16/01/2014 | 15:21

A young man accused of trying to induce two other individuals to purchase vehicles bearing false registration plates is facing trial on the charges.

Karl Graham (26) allegedly induced a man to pay €3,400 for a 2007-registered Opel Corsa.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court where the penalties are potentially more severe after the DPP ruled that the matters were too serious for the District Court.

The accused, of Chernwood Heath in Clonsilla, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with two counts of possession of stolen property. Graham is accused of possession of a stolen Mitsubishi Lancer at the Travelodge car park in Blanchardstown on April 4 and with possession of a stolen Opel Corsa at the same location on February 20.

He is further charged with using a false vehicle registration certificate, false motor tax disc and false NCT certificate on the same dates.

EVIDENCE

Graham is also accused of inducing another man to pay €3,400 for an Opel Corsa bearing false registration plates at the Travelodge car park and with trying to induce another individual to purchase a Mitsubishi Lancer.

A State solicitor said that the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Graham the alibi caution, warning him that he had 14 days to provide the State with details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

Judge McHugh ordered that a video copy of an interview that gardai conducted with Graham be furnished to his legal team.

Defence solicitor Donough Molloy and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid to the accused.

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