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Car thief claimed he was fleeing gang

A YOUNG father caught driving a stolen vehicle claimed he was trying to escape from a gang.

Scott Horan (22) said he moved out of Finglas because of difficulties he had with some people, but they followed him to Balbriggan, where he had set up a new home with his partner.

He said he was running from them on the night he was stopped by gardai.

A court also heard Horan spat at a window in a garda station after he was arrested.

Judge Patrick McMahon sentenced him to six months in prison. Horan, with addresses at Brackenwood Avenue, Balbriggan and Griffith Parade in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to stealing a 1995 Dublin-registered car.