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'Vulnerable' Dublin woman had nine fake NCT certs at house

Gardai found the certificates during a search of the woman's home
Gardai found the certificates during a search of the woman's home

Gardai found nine fake NCT certificates at a woman's house when they were investigating the sale of unroadworthy cars online.

Rebecca Crowe (24) had the "wool pulled over her eyes" when she became involved in the "administration" of the operation, a court heard.

Judge David McHugh left her without a conviction, saying he was satisfied she had "started out in a bona fide manner".

Crowe, of Moorefield Avenue, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to the possession of false NCT certificates in February last year.

The court heard that gardai received information in relation to the sale of vehicles on DoneDeal.ie with what were believed to be fraudulent NCT certificates.

A search was carried out at the accused's home and the documents were found.

It was subsequently discovered that a number of vehicles were for sale on the website. They were all found to be in an unroadworthy condition and were destroyed.

A third party had been involved in the supply of the vehicles and the documents.

Gardai believed the accused was a "vulnerable person who was taken in by the third party, who was the instigator".

The wool was pulled over the accused's eyes and, when she became aware the documents were false, she tried to rectify the problem by taking the vehicles off the website and storing the documents in her home, her lawyer said.

She had gone into an exercise in administration and was not initially aware of what was happening, the lawyer added.

Judge McHugh said he was satisfied she had started out in a bona fide manner and applied the Probation Act.