A young man who panicked and reported his car stolen after some bad advice from a friend has been ordered to return to Carrick-on-Shannon District Court with €300.
Shane McDonnell, Tullyroghanagh, The Plains, Boyle pleaded guilty to providing false information to gardai on June 5, 2017.
Inspector Denis Harrington said gardai received a report from the defendant claiming his Audi A4 was stolen on June 5, last year. He later withdrew this claim on June 23, 2017.
It turned out Mr McDonnell's cousin had asked to borrow the vehicle to “meet a woman.”
“The sump was damaged on the car and someone rang him to say it had been crashed,” said defending solicitor, Gerry McGovern.
“A friend told him he should say the car was stolen. He was 20-years-old and he made the decision of a 20-year-old, which is a stupid one. The car had not been crashed.”
Judge Kevin Kilrane told the young man to return to court with a donation of €300 to St John's Ward at Crumlin Children's Hospital.
He then adjourned the matter to May 25, 2018.