Tuesday 20 March 2018

Man stole woman's car on first date and sold it

Wesley Brennan (28) met the victim on online dating site (Getty pic)
Wesley Brennan (28) met the victim on online dating site (Getty pic)

Declan Brennan

A MAN who stole the car of a woman during their first date has been jailed for 18 months.

Wesley Brennan (28) met the victim on the Plenty of Fish online dating site. He was later identified to gardaí by the victim as she knew people who were in the background of his profile photograph. During his date with Leoney Dunphy, Brennan began shouting at her over her driving skills and eventually told her to get out of the car and let him park.

She did this and he got into the car and drove off. He later sold the car off to scrap dealers in Ashbourne, Co Meath.

Brennan, of Manor Lodge, Manor Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to theft of the Honda Accord worth €5,500 at Wicklow Street, in Dublin city centre on March 26, 2013.

Imposing sentence, Judge Martin Nolan said: "He was a bit lacking in the chivalry stakes."

James Dwyer BL, defending, told the court that when the victim had first contacted Brennan on the website, she didn't think there was anything "fishy" about him because they both knew the same people.

Ms Dunphy said she felt she had to get out of the car and he threw her bag at her before driving off.

Mr Dwyer said his client owed a €2,500 drug debt.

Irish Independent

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