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NCT rigging trial ordered

NCT rigging trial ordered

THREE former National Car Test employees and another man who are accused of accepting bribes in exchange for certificates of road-worthiness have been sent forward for trial.

The case follows a four-year Garda investigation in the wake of an RTE Primetime documentary in 2011. 

Former National Car Test (NCT) workers Alan Richardson (27) of Paddock Grove, Adamstown, Lucan, Dublin, Vincent Brunton (32) with an address at Priory Square, Cellbridge, Co. Kildare, Darren Meehan (39) with an address at Delemare, Enfield, Co Meath appeared at Dublin District Court along with the fourth defendant Stephen Rooney (35) of Paddock Grove, Adamstown, Lucan, Dublin.

The DPP had directed they must face trial on indictment. They were served with books of evidence yesterday by Detective Sean O'Riordain of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation. Judge Michael Walsh warned them that if they intend to use alibis in their defence they must notify the prosecution.

He then made an order sending the four men, who have not yet indicated how they will plead,  forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

They will face their next hearing on March 11th, Judge Walsh ordered.

Mr Richardson is accused of accepting cash as an inducement to procure an NCT certificate and creating a false NCT cert on May 14, 2011.

Vincent Brunton is charged with accepting a gift as an inducement to procure an NCT cert, failing to perform an NCT test on cars and creating a false NCT certificate on April 20th, 2011.

Mr Meehan is charged with making a false NCT certificate and accepting a bribe on May 14, 2011, and Mr Rooney is charged with three counts of creating a false NCT certificate in 2011.

Charges were brought in November and the State had been given extra time to complete the book of evidence after the district court was told it was a “relatively complex matter”.

At their first hearing, on November 30th last, Detective Sean O'Riordain of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation had told Judge Walsh the four men “made no reply” when they were charged.