Destruction orders for three abandoned cars, one of which is believed to have been used in crime, were granted at last week’s sitting of Castlebar District Court.
Supt Joe McKenna, who made the applications, explained that the cars were abandoned in the Castlebar area, and a fictitious address was used when registering one of the vehicles.
He said that this showed that proof of address should be required when registering a car.
One of the vehicles which was abandoned at the Golden Mile Carpark in Castlebar was suspected to have been used in the theft of goods from Woodies DIY in Castlebar on November 17, 2016, and from an Argos in Clonmel on November 16, 2016.
Supt McKenna explained that the vehicle was found on November 20, 2016, and that efforts to locate the owner were unsuccessful. The person named as the owner did not live at the address to which the car was registered, and the previous owner was unable to provide information on who the car was sold to.
As the owner could not be located and the vehicle had no monetary value, a destruction order was sought and granted.
The second car was abandoned on waste ground on the N5 Business Park in Castlebar and was found on December 4, 2016. The car, a Citroen Xsara Picasso, had no registration plates and could only be identified using the chassis number. While the car was registered in Enniskillen, the owner could not be identified. A destruction order for the car was granted.
The third car, a Nissan Almera was located at the Castlebar Retail Park on the Breaffy Road on March 5, 2015, and was registered to a man with an address at 17 Hillsite, Westport.
Supt McKenna said there was no such address; while there was an area called ‘Hillside’, there was no number 17.
Gardaí spoke to the previous owner of the car, who said he sold it to two men in their 20s who gave the address as Hillsite, Westport.
As with the other two cars, there was no monetary value to the car and a destruction order was granted.