Court hears County Antrim man took stolen car to scrap merchant

Court hears County Antrim man took stolen car to scrap merchant

A MAN who took a stolen car and alloy wheels to a scrap merchant has been given a suspended jail term.

Arising out of the incident Mark Anthony Goldie (35), a part-time labourer, of Galgorm Road, Ballymena, has appeared at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena (main picture).

He was originally accused of charges including burglary of premises at Cullybackey Road in Ballymena with intent to steal and causing criminal damage to shutters on March 15 this year.

He was also charged with stealing ten alloy wheels and a Kia Picanto car.

Goldie was also charged with fraud by false representation by telling the scrap dealer he owned the items.

The court heard when the defendant had gone to the scrap dealer he claimed the Picanto had broken down on the Lisnevenagh Road.

The defendant handed over the log book which he had also stolen, claiming the car was his, alleging he had bought it the previous day.

He had been paid £111 "for the vehicle and ten alloy wheels" at the scrap dealer's.

A defence lawyer said he Picanto was of low value.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said Goldie had a "poor record" but he had honoured the conditions of a deferral period.

The judge handed down a six months prison term, suspended for two years, and also ordered the defendant to pay £500 compensation to the car owner.

The judge told Goldie: "If you start going back to these ways of burgling and theft then the court will have little or no hesitation in sending you to prison the next time".