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Teen accused of €3k theft over truck ad

THIS is the teenager accused of stealing €3,000 in cash from another man after allegedly duping him into believing he had a truck for sale.

Colin Daly (18) allegedly advertised the truck for sale on a website but when the victim transferred the money to his account he failed to show up with the vehicle. Daly has denied the charge.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter to a date in June for hearing.

The accused, of Old Court Mill in Tallaght, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with theft.

The alleged incident took place between September 29 and October 1 last.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan previously claimed the victim contacted Daly by telephone in relation to a truck which was advertised for sale.

Sgt Callaghan said the victim told Daly he was interested in buying the vehicle but was told he had to make a deposit of €3,000 to a bank account.

The sergeant claimed the man made a deposit of €3,000 and arranged to meet Daly in Mountmellick, Co Laois, on September 29, 2012 to collect the truck. It was alleged that Daly, who is unemployed and on social welfare, did not turn up to meet the man, who then reported the matter to gardai.

Sgt Callaghan said it was later discovered the truck was exported out of the country in 2011.

Defence lawyer Jennifer Jackson said Daly was seeking a hearing date in relation to the allegation. Judge McHugh adjourned the matter to a date in June for hearing.