The events of the night of January 9, 2011 when a car was stolen from outside a house in Jigginstown Park were recounted at Naas District Court last Wednesday, May 23.
Gary Lyons whose address is listed as 5 Dunmurray View, Kildare and his friend Donna McLoughlin whose address is listed as Tullylost, Rathangan were charged with the incident.
The court heard that on the night in question, the pair had had a lot to drink and had gotten into a taxi without any money. When they told the driver, he ejected them.
They came across the car, a Ford Ka, with its engine running, and stole it.
Ms McLoughlin drove it and was charged with taking it, while Mr Lyons was charged with being carried in it.
They didn’t go far in the car, parking it in a nearby car park.
Acting on behalf of Mr Lyons, Matt Byrne said that his client was “extremely drunk and doesn’t really remember much of it.
“He allowed himself to be carried in it.”
He is 23 years of age, works as a hairdresser and supports his parents.
“These are not classic joyriders,” Mr Byrne assured the court, adding that his client was ready with an offer to compensate the lady whose car they took.
“I only vaguely remember it,” Mr Lyons said. “It was a stupid mistake.”
Noting that Mr Lyons is a hairdresser, Judge Desmond Zaidan asked him if “there is anything you can do for Mr. Boyce?”
Conal Boyce, who was representing Ms McLoughlin is somewhat follicly challenged.
“Extensions?” the defendant replied.
Ms McLoughlin has an intellectual disability, with short term memory loss. She was accompanied by a woman from an advocacy organisation.
Mr Lyons had no previous convictions although Ms McLoughin did have for drugs possession and Public Order - but all dating back at least six years.
“So who was leading who?” the judge asked.
“We were both at fault. I won’t say otherwise,” Mr Lyons remarked.
“What’s to say that Donna won’t go off the rails?” the Judge asked.
“She hasn’t gone off the rails in a while,” her solicitor replied.
Matt Byrne noted that his client had never been in trouble before. “I seriously don’t believe that you’ll see him here again.”
“What am I going to do with this pair? They’re a seriously odd pair,”
the Judge noted.
He adjourned the case until September 5 to allow €1,000 to be paid to the victim by Mr Lyons and for the preparation of a Probation Report on Ms McLoughlin.