OPERATION Joyriding — a Garda investigation targeting youths believed to be involved in driving stolen cars — resulted in the search of a man’s home where he was seen running out the back door and jumping over a wall.
Defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer, said it would have been difficult to prove the case against the young man for handling stolen property as he was not present at the time.
Judge Olann Kelleher clarified that the teenager, Ian Donovan, was not present at the time because he ran away as soon as gardaí called.
Det Garda Barry testified that gardaí believed Donovan was part of a gang investigated under Operation Joyriding.
The detective said that a warrant was obtained for the investigation of suspected theft and fraud offences. Officers went to 30 Killiney Heights, Knocknaheeny, Cork, the home of 19-year-old Donovan.
As soon as they knocked at the door, the defendant ran out the back and disappeared over a wall. Gardaí conducted a search and found five car keys in a runner in a shed. In follow-up searches of other houses, a number of stolen cars were also found.
Donovan was prosecuted for being in possession of stolen property, namely five car keys.
Mr Buttimer said, “He is finding being in custody very difficult. He does not intend to remain in criminality in any way in the future.”
Donovan pleaded guilty to three counts of having a stolen key for a Honda Civic, an Opel Corsa, and a Ford Transit van.
Today, Judge Olann Kelleher adjourned sentencing for a week as it needed to be clarified if the accused was on bail or not as the sentence to be imposed will be consecutive to the sentence being served if he is deemed to have been on bail.