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Brothers had 'no idea' car was used in heist

TWO brothers caught driving in a car that had been used in a cash-in-transit robbery had no knowledge of the vehicle's background, a court heard.

Juvenile boxing coaches Anthony (35) and James Doran (26) came to be in the Volkswagen Passat through a "complex" set of circumstances but knew nothing of the robbery, Dublin District Court heard.

Anthony Doran, of Charlestown Place, Finglas, pleaded guilty to handling the stolen car at the North Circular Road on August 21, 2012.

James Doran, of Temple Gardens, Santry, admitted the same charge and being a passenger in a stolen car.


Judge Michael Walsh told the pair they had been reckless, gave them six-month suspended sentences and fined them €500 each.

A friend of the accused initially bought a different Passat for €5,000 online, which turned out to be stolen.

Gardai took it and he could not get his money back. He later spotted another ad with similar spelling mistakes and contacted the seller.

The friend went with a group including the accused to meet this man, who turned out to be an agent for the seller of the first car.

There was a "confrontation" and the second Passat was taken as "collateral to try to get the €5,000 back".

"Negotiations" went on for the next four weeks, during which time the defendants were stopped in the car.