The case of a Portlaoise man who was caught driving a car without the owner’s permission which was also towing a stolen trailer has been put back for a pre-sentence and probation report.
Christopher Doheny, 395 Market Mews, Maryborough, was charged with the unauthorised taking of an MPV, handling stolen property, and driving without a licence or insurance, at Clonminam Industrial Estate, Portlaoise, on August 23.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that Doheny spotted the trailer on the Mountrath Road and took it. However, he was not the person who originally stole it. He also did not have permission to use the car he was driving, which had been left with a mechanic. Doheny did have a relationship with the car’s owner, though.
Defence, Mr Philip Meagher said the trailer was effectively abandoned on a green area, so Doheny took it to transport sand. Doheny then asked a mechanic for the loan of a vehicle. Ironically, he knew the owner.
Doheny received two fines of €200 for no licence and no insurance. The other charges were put back to January 19, 2014.