Young Cork man caught driving a stolen car for the seventh time

Young Cork man caught driving a stolen car for the seventh time

Tony Fitzgerald was driving a stolen Toyota Landcruiser. Stock image.

A young man was caught driving a stolen car for the seventh time and today he was jailed for eight months.

Garda Shane Fitzgerald stopped Tony Fitzgerald of 221 Cathedral Road, Gurranabraher, Cork, driving a Toyota Landcruiser on August 18.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty today to driving the stolen vehicle.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the vehicle had been stolen from Mourne Abbey and was identified at Barrett’s Terrace in Cork city.

When stopped by Garda Fitzgerald, the defendant made no admissions to the offence. 

However, he has now pleaded guilty to driving the stolen car and related charges, including having no licence or insurance.

Judge Olann Kelleher was told today that the accused had 40 previous convictions including six for driving vehicles without permission of the owner and nine for dangerous driving.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said, “He acknowledges a reasonably longstanding addiction to drugs and that he must come to terms with his addictions, he must address it in custody.” 

Judge Kelleher said, “He has six previous convictions for stealing cars and I must take account of this.” 

The judge jailed him for eight months and disqualified him from driving for five years.

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