A TEENAGE member of a gang styling themselves the Farranree Joyriders was identified when he posted pictures of himself on social media posing on two stolen motorbikes.
Inspector Jason Lynch said at Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the accused was identified by those images and prosecuted for travelling on the stole bikes – a Yamaha and a powerful 1100cc BMW.
Inspector Lynch said the investigation followed a significant increase in the theft of cars and motorbikes in Cork city, and gardaí identified the group calling themselves the Farranree Joyriders.
A 16-year-old with no previous convictions posted pictures of himself on the two stolen bikes and he was identified from these in October 2018.
When interviewed by gardaí he refused to confirm his identity in the pictures and did not co-operate in any way.
Now 17 he faced sentencing today at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.
Judge Gerard O’Brien said he was prepared to grant the defendant bail pending sentencing in November.
However, an issue was raised by the defence barrister.