July 23, 2024

A Donegal man has been sentenced to jail after being discovered driving a automobile which was stolen in England.

James Mitchell was given a 20-month jail sentence having been discovered dealing with the stolen Mercedes E350 AMG in January 2020. It was found that the car had a cloned registration.

Mitchell, now 42 and with 72 earlier convictions, was additionally postpone the highway for 15 years by Choose John Aylmer at Letterkenny Circuit Court docket.

On the time of this incident, Mitchell was presupposed to be serving a ten-year driving ban, handed down in 2014 for driving with out insurance coverage.

Detective Garda Derek Connaughton outlined the information of the case to Ms Fiona Crawford BL, counsel for the State.

Gardai famous the registration of a black Mercedes and investigations confirmed that it was a cloned registration. The car was registered to a storage within the UK that confirmed that they have been in possession of a Mercedes automobile with that registration plate, Detective Garda Connaughton stated.

When Mitchell was approached at The Elms, Letterkenny, on January 16, 2020 he was holding a key for the automobile in his hand and the motive force’s window was smashed. Mitchell had simply pushed again to the property at The Elms when Gardai swooped.

Underneath warning, Mitchell instructed officers that he had purchased the automobile for breaking. The car was seized and the chassis quantity was traced again to a Mr Singh in Wolverhampton. He had left the automobile to a storage in October 2019 to restore a leak and the car was stolen when the premises was burgled.

Mr Singh was stated to be ‘completely gutted’ that the automobile was stolen. The car was subsequently returned to him by the authorities.

Mitchell instructed Garda that he didn’t know the automobile was stolen and stated he purchased the automobile on the docks in Belfast as a written-off class B automobile. He stated he purchased the automobile for €5,500 and the window had been damaged throughout a home dispute together with his accomplice.

Mitchell was charged that he did with out lawful authority or excuse possess stolen property, a black Mercedes E350 AMG, understanding that the property was stolen or being reckless as as to if it was stolen.

He was additionally charged with driving a mechanically propelled car, a black Mercedes E350 AMG, in a public place with out insurance coverage.

The courtroom heard that Mitchell has 72 earlier convictions, together with three for dealing with stolen property, seven for theft, three for felony injury and a spread of public order, highway site visitors and misuse of medicine offences. The courtroom was knowledgeable that the accused man had ‘a number of’ no insurance coverage convictions.

Requested by Mr Peter Nolan BL, Mitchell’s barrister, if there have been any difficulties when Gardai went to look Mitchell’s property, Detective Garda Connaughton stated officers hid behind the suspect till he pulled into his driveway.

Mr Nolan stated his consumer is a 42-year-old separated man who’s a father-of-five. Mr Nolan instructed the courtroom that Mitchell didn’t know that the automobile was stolen however ‘accepts that he might have been reckless’. Mr Nolan stated Mitchell has labored for round 15 years as a panel beater and entered enterprise alongside his brother earlier this 12 months having beforehand labored within the meat manufacturing facility in Carrigans.

Mitchell has been in custody since Could and this has ‘vastly improved his heath’, Mr Nolan added, noting that Mitchell has been coping with drug and alcohol issues.

“He has gained some knowledge and perception and he sees that he must get his life in place and structured,” Mr Nolan stated, asking the courtroom to think about Mitchell’s early plea within the matter.

Choose Aylmer stated he thought of that the case was ‘on the extra excessive finish of recklessness for an individual concerned within the motor commerce’. An aggravating characteristic of the case was that Mitchell was disqualified from driving on the time.

Choose Aylmer stated the dealing with of the stolen automobile cost merited a place to begin of two-and-a-half years imprisonment and the driving with out insurance coverage cost ought to have a place to begin of six months in jail earlier than mitigation.

That the car was returned to its proprietor was not in mitigation, Choose Aylmer stated, complimenting good police work.

He stated there was some degree of cooperation from Mitchell, who he stated has a ‘good work historical past’ and has 5 youngsters. He stated Mitchell had tendered an early responsible plea, albeit when he was ‘caught red-handed’.

For dealing with the stolen Mercedes, Mitchell was sentenced to twenty months imprisonment whereas he was given a four-month jail sentence for driving with out insurance coverage. The sentences are to run concurrently to one another and consecutive to a sentence at present being served by Mitchell.

Mitchell was additionally disqualified from holding a driving licence for a interval of 15 years.

Donegal man jailed for driving a stolen Mercedes was final modified: October twenty seventh, 2023 by Employees Author