Man remanded on charge of clocking car

A CORK man, who is accused of clocking a car’s mileage by illegally tampering with the vehicle’s odometer, before selling it online, has been ordered to refrain from using the website, as part of his bail conditions.

James O’Donoghue, aged 28, was brought before Limerick District Court yesterday, charged with dishonestly, and by deception, inducing the injured party into purchasing a Toyota Avensis, having knowingly tampered with the vehicle’s odometer to reduce the car’s genuine mileage.

Mr O’Donoghue is alleged to have reduced the car’s mileage by over 170,000km to increase the vehicle’s value, with the intention of making a financial gain for himself or to cause financial loss to another person.

The car was allegedly advertised for sale through the second-hand sales website

Mr O’Donoghue, of Carrigroe, Mitchelstown, is alleged to have sold the car to the injured party, at Roxboro Road, Limerick, on December 9, 2014, contrary to Section 6 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, 2001.

Detective Garda Paul Crowley, Roxboro Road garda station, gave evidence that he arrested Mr O’Donoghue in Mitchelstown, at 3.35pm, on Monday, May 29. Mr O’Donoghue “made no reply” after being charged at Roxboro Road garda station, Limerick, Det Gda Crowley added.

It will be alleged by the State that the Toyota’s mileage was reduced by more than 170,000km when Mr O’Donoghue sold it to the injured party, who it will be further alleged suffered financial loss of €3,000 after purchasing the car for over €9,000.

It’s understood the injured party only became aware of the alleged clocking of the car last January, after it was serviced at a garage.

Judge Marian O’Leary granted Mr O’Donoghue bail, on his own bond of €300, and on a number of strict conditions, including that, “he does not use or operate on”.

The accused was also ordered by the court to reside at his current home and to notify gardaí of any change of address and, to sign on three times a week at Mitchelstown garda station.

He must also be available to gardaí by mobile phone at all times.

Mr O’Donoghue was remanded to appear in court again on September 13 next, to receive further directions in the case from the Director of Public Prosecutions.


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