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Took car without permission

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Took car without permission

A Portlaoise man has been given a suspended sentence for causing €800 damage to a car he took without permission and crashed.

Before last week’s sitting of Portlaoise District Court was Ryan Considine, 49 Lime Tree Avenue, Portlaoise, charged with the unauthorised taking of an MPV, and criminal damage.

When the case first came before the court in November, 2017, Inspector Eamonn Curley gave evidence that on March 18 this year, at Waterfront Apartments, Portarlington, the accused took without permission a car belonging to a woman and crashed it, causing €800 damage. The car was left back, said Insp Curley.

Judge Catherine Staines noted that the accused was engaging with services as directed by the court.

In those circumstances, Judge Staines adjourned the case for an up to date probation report and a psychiatric report.

The judge directed the accused to save at least €100 a month compensation. Defence, Mr Barry Fitzgerald said his client would have compensation on the next date.

When the case returned to court last week, the accused appeared having been arrested on a bench warrant, after he failed to turn up in court on a previous date..

Mr Fitzgerald said her client had been in treatment at the time, which was why he didn’t turn up.

Mr Fitzgerald said the accused had the promise of work and would discharge the money he owed.

Noting there was an excellent report on the accused, Judge Staines imposed one year in prison, suspended for one year.

A compensation order of €800 was imposed as well, to be paid within one year.