A BALLINAKILL man who was "open to suggestion" stood before last week's Portlaoise District Court, charged with unauthorised carriage in a motor vehicle.
Daniel Delaney, 8 Chapel Street, Ballinakill, was facing a charge relating to August 31 of this year. Inspector Martin Cashen told the court that on that date Garda Aidan Greene observed a car which had been stolen earlier that day parked at the side of the Carlow Road, Abbeyleix.
When he approached the car, Garda Greene saw two men running from the vehicle. Following a chase, Delaney was apprehended.
Defending, Mr Philip Meagher claimed his client, aged 21, had been contacted by an acquaintance on the date who picked him up in the stolen car. Delaney was “open to suggestion” as he had just recently broken up with his partner, an older lady from Australia who was a good influence on him.
Meagher went on to say that Delaney had been using alcohol and Valium and had been “somewhat out of it” on the day of the crime.
Judge Gerard Haughton disqualified Delaney from driving for three years and sentenced him to 120 hours community service. The case was put back to January 21, 2010 for a community service report.