Five in court on car crime charges

Five people have appeared in court in relation to two separate incidents of alleged car crime in Inishowen over the past five days.

A 20-year-old man from Letterkenny has been remanded in custody to appear at Buncrana District Court today in relation to burglary, unauthorised taking of MPV and dangerous driving at Buncrana on Thursday, 19th November last.

John Sweeney, Ashfield, Letterkenny was arrested in Buncrana and appeared at Sligo District Court on Friday morning.

Three men and a woman from Derry also appeared in court in Letterkenny yesterday charged in connection with an incident involving a stolen car at Bridgend on Sunday.

Dean Beattie (22). of 54 Glenowen Park, Amy Beattie (21). of 61 Cecilia’s Walk, Cavan Whyte (24). of 63 Rossnagalliagh and Caolan Knipe (21). of 52 Ballymagowan Gardens, appeared at yesterday’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court.

All four were charged with allowing themselves to be carried in a stolen vehicle at Bunnamayne, Bridgend on November 22nd.

Dean Beattie is also charged with driving without insurance and Amy Beattie is charged with possession of a stolen bottle of perfume and a stolen student identification card.

The four were released on bail of €100 on the condition they sign on every Wednesday at Buncrana Garda Station.

Applications for legal aid for all four were granted by Judge Paul Kelly.

Solicitor Frank Dorrian, for Dean Beattie and Amy Beatty, said his clients would be pleading guilty. He said they were “absolutely without resources” but if the sentences were restricted to a fine they would make arrangements to have the money for the new year.

All four were remanded to Buncrana District Court on January 14th.