Man with ninety nine year driving ban stole car

A man who has a 99 year driving disqualification was before Castlebar District Court this week for the unauthorised taking of a car and driving while disqualified.

On April 26 2012 at 7.02pm Garda James Malone received a report that a car belonging to PJ Cronin had been stolen from the Bohola Road, Kiltimagh. The court heard the owner had been servicing his car and had left the keys in the ignition. Garda Malone drove towards the scene and on the way observed Martin Maughan, Knock Road, Kiltimagh, drive towards him in the stolen car. Maughan was driving at speed and in an erratic manner.

At 10pm gardaí received a report that the car had been crashed at Cahir, Kilkelly. Maughan was located in the area.

The defendant had a lengthy driving disqualification imposed on him at Ballina District Court on January 29 2008. The defendant was given a suspended sentence in Castlebar Circuit Court in 2011, therefore Judge Mary Devins remanded him on continuing bail to Castlebar Circuit Court on May 7 2013 in relation to the suspended sentence.

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