Stolen van goes on 85km escapade, court hears

A van was stolen from outside a commercial premises in Cork and driven dangerously at various points along an 85km journey to Killarney, it was alleged yesterday.

The alleged escapade occurred on Thursday and came to an end at Park Rd, Killarney, Co Kerry.

Jason O’Brien, aged 33, of St Vincent’s hostel, Angelsea Terrace, Cork, was arrested and brought before Killorglin District Court on Thursday.

He was remanded in custody and appeared before Cork District Court yesterday.

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Judge Con O’Leary asked why the Kerry case was before the Cork court. Inspector John Deasy said the first of the charges related to an alleged offence in Cork.

Eddie Burke, solicitor, was appointed to represent the accused on free legal aid.

On the application of Insp Deasy, Judge O’Leary remanded the accused in custody to appear before Cork District Court again on Monday.

Mr O’Brien was charged with stealing the 2014-registered van at South Ring West Business Park on Tramore Road on May 21.

The next charge was one of driving the van in a manner that was dangerous to the public at The Flats, Ballyvourney, Co Cork.

The third charge was for failing to stop and remain stationary when required by a member of An Garda Siochána for such time as was necessary for him to discharge his duties.

The remaining four charges relate to Co Kerry. Mr O’Brien was charged with dangerous driving at Lissivigeen, Killarney, and a similar offence at Park Rd Killarney. He is also charged with driving without insurance at that location and without a driving licence.

Mr O’Brien was arrested by Garda Daragh Moore and brought before the court in Killorglin on Thursday.

The accused was not required to speak during the court hearing at Cork District Court yesterday.

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