Dealers accused of stealing €560k worth of Volvos and Range Rovers

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
The pair are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of euros worth of vehicles
The pair are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of euros worth of vehicles

TWO motor dealers have been sent forward for trial accused of theft of more than €500,000 worth of cars.

Businessmen Paddy Hartnett (60) of Hawthorn Wood, Suncroft, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, and Bernard Dalton (54) with an address at Foxfield House, Killenard, Co. Laois appeared at Dublin District Court today. .

After books of evidence were served on them, Judge Anthony Halpin granted legal aid and warned them that if they intended to use alibis they must inform the DPP. The two men were returned for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where they will face their next hearing on July 24th.

No plea was entered and they were remanded on continuing bail.

The two men, who were arrested by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation (GBFI), each face ten counts of theft of vehicles – Volvos and Range Rovers – valued between €22,000 to €116,000.

The charges state the cars, worth approximately €560,000, were the property of the Ford Credit Europe, a financial institution which provides a range of services to the motor trade.

It is the alleged the thefts occurred at the men's business, Chapman's Garage on the Dublin Road, in Kildare, in 2007 and 2008.

Det Garda Siobhan Moore, of the GBFI, had told Judge Halpin the men “made no reply” when they were charged with the offences.

The district court had heard that DPP directed that they should be returned for trial on indictment. This means the case will be dealt with at a higher level, in the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing powers.