A 19 year-old Killarney man – who a court heard has a fascination with driving stolen cars – has been sentenced to a two-year term in prison by Tralee Circuit Court.
Con Ryan, with an address at 50 Doirin Álainn, Killarney, pleaded guilty to the unauthorised taking of a vehicle from outside the home of an academic doctor in February 2014.
Tralee Circuit Court heard that on February 28th, 2014, the keys of a car were taken from the home of a woman at D’Alton’s View, Killarney. Her car was taken from outside her home.
The owner is an academic at University College Cork and a laptop containing research she had carried out was in the car and has never been found.
A few days after the theft of the vehicle, the car was located in a concealed area near St Finan’s Hospital in Killarney.
Gardaí began a stakeout and Con Ryan and another man were arrested when they turned up at the vehicle with its keys.
The court heard Mr Ryan has 50 previous convictions, many relating to the unlawful taking of a vehicle.
Defence counsel, Brian McInerney, said his client had an absolute fascination with driving cars that weren’t his own – at one stage he had stolen his father’s car for joyriding.
Judge Tom O’Donnell imposed a two-year sentence backdated to last February but suspended six months of the sentence for a period of eighteen months.
He also disqualified Con Ryan from driving for five years.