A CAR seized by gardai contained parts from two stolen vehicles and should not be returned to a man who paid €23,000 for it, a court heard.
The move to return the 2011 Audi was opposed by gardai, who said the car was part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
Dundalk Court was told that gardai had the car since September 18 last, that it was taxed and insured and that Stefan Sharkey, of Mullacrew, Co Louth, was out of pocket.
His barrister, Kevin McCann, questioned whether the gardai had the authority to seize the car from private property.
Mr Sharkey said that he bought the car privately in Dublin through the Donedeal website. It was in immaculate condition. He said he wasn't aware that it was crashed and that he didn't carry out any repairs to the vehicle.
Judge Flann Brennan adjourned the matter to May 2.