A LIMERICK city man was sentenced to six months imprisonment for his part in stealing a car in March of last year.
Colin Broe, aged 20, of Collins Avenue, Kincora Park, Southill pleaded to the charge of unauthorised taking of a vehicle at Sycamore Drive Bruff on March 15, 2011 but his solicitor John Herbert said the car had already been stolen by a third party.
“Mr Broe was towing it,” he said.
There was another unidentified man with Mr Broe, the court heard and the car was intended for parts. He was sentenced to six months with an endorsement on his licence.
Broe also pleaded to two charges of drink driving at Coolanoran, Ardagh on February 20 last year. The court was told that his car crash into the left-hand side of the road about 9pm that night and that the occupant,
Broe fled the scene but was subsequently arrested. A breath specimen gave a reading of 69mg per 100ml of breath and he was convicted and fined €350, disqualified from driving for three years and had his licence endorsed on the charge of excess alcohol.
On the second charge of drink driving he was fined €200 with an endorsement.
On March 8, 2011, the court was told Broe, who was on bail at the time, failed to appear in court and was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment, to be served consecutively to the six month sentence.
On further offences at Cloghacloka, Patrickswell on October 12, 2010, Mr Broe was convicted of driving without insurance and fined €650, disqualified from driving for five years and had his licence endorsed.
The court was told he had three previous convictions for no insurance. He was fined €250 for using a vehicle without an NCT and €150 for driving without a licence on the same date and €150 for driving at 151kph in a 120kph zone. Other charges of failing to produce NCT, licence or insurance were taken into consideration.
Mr Broe was fined €120 for unlawful possession of drugs at the Garda Station, Newcastle West on February 20 last year.
“He hasn’t had fresh charges for over 12 months,” Mr Herbert said, pleading for his client, who is now 22 and has, he said, “settled down.”
His big failing, the solicitor said, was his fascination for motor cars but he hasn’t driven in over a year.
He and his partner now have a five-month old child, Mr Herbert told the court.
Recognisance with leave to appeal was fixed at Mr Broe’s own bond of €800 and an independent surety of €800.