The owner of a trailer stolen from a Cahir, County Tipperary, business premises spotted it shortly after its disappearance advertised online for sale in the Roscommon area, Cashel Court was told.
The trailer, valued at €1800, was stolen by Paul Gaynor, aged 38, from Ballycarrig, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
He was fined €300 at Cashel Court after he pleaded guilty to committing the theft offence at Cahir Business Park on November 13, 2013.
Sgt. Carol O'Leary told the court the trailer's owner reported it stolen from the rear of a premises at Cahir Business Park on November 14 . The owner saw the trailer for sale in the Roscommon area on a website. The person who put the trailer up for sale was a former employee of his. He made a statement to gardai admitting the offence.
Defence solicitor Gary Kingston said Gaynor advertised the vehicle that evening on a sales website and the trailer was purchased. The purchaser then contacted his client and indicated he had learned the vehicle was stolen. The trailer was brought back down to Cahir.
Mr Kingston explained that his client was under severe financial pressure at the time. He saw an opportunity, went with it and has lived to regret it.
His client had two children and worked in Tuam. His partner didn't work outside the home. He hadn't any previous convictions of this nature and was very embarrassed by this matter, which had been hanging over him for several years.
The solicitor pointed out his client instructed him the gardai had informed him this case was closed and it wouldn't be troubling him any more. He was surprised to receive the summons but was in court to face the offence.