A MAN was accused of having a stolen car without the owner’s consent, but his solicitor said it was “a crock” that the young man had bought.
These were the disputed facts that emerged at Cork District Court in the course of a bail application by 29-year-old Robert Cambridge of 112 Comeragh Park, The Glen.
Cambridge was charged with possession of car without consent of the owner, having a stolen car key and having no insurance or licence to drive on Sunday, March 29.
Garda Peter Kelleher said there was an objection to bail being granted to Robert Cambridge.
Garda Kelleher said it was alleged that Cambridge had the bonnet up on the car and was putting coolant into it on Sunday, March 29 outside his home.
The guard said it was alleged that this car had been reported stolen in Ballincollig on March 13.
The key of the car was in Cambridge’s right pocket, Garda Kelleher said.
Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said in the course of a bail application, “It was a crock of a car and he was trying to fix it up.
“When he was arrested he made certain admissions about the car and the driving of the car and he cooperated fully with the gardaí.
“He confirmed where he bought it, how much he paid for it and he handed over his phone containing details of the person from whom he bought the car.”
Late in the bail application, Mr Buttimer contended that it was a suitable case for bail and added: “There are policeable conditions that could be applied.”
Garda Kelleher replied: “They would have to be very strict.”
Sergeant Gearóid Davis agreed that strict bail conditions could be applied in the case.
Judge Olann Kelleher then remanded the accused on bail for four weeks on condition that he would reside at 112 Comeragh Park, The Glen, sign daily at the Bridewell garda station, keep a curfew to be home between 10pm and 6am every night, and to provide gardaí with his phone number. At that last condition, Cambridge said: “I can give you two of them.”
As the defendant was signing his bail bond Judge Olann Kelleher said of the curfew: “If the guards call and you are five minutes late you will be remanded in custody.”
Cambridge said to the judge: “I won’t be no five minutes late.”