A farmer whose trailer was stolen in Northern Ireland told Ardee District Court how he traced it through the Done Deal classified website.
This led to Daryl Gilsenan (28) with an address at Drynam Green, Kinsealy, Swords being charged and convicted of handling the stolen trailer at the Glebe, Ardee and was sentenced to five months in jail on Monday last.
The trailer owner said he noticed an advertisement the following December for the sale of a trailer two months after his Ifor Williams trailer had gone missing from his yard on October 24 2016 . He reported it stolen to the police in Newry.
On seeing the advertisement he made arrangements to go to see the trailer and identified it as his. He valued it at €1,600 to €1,700 sterling.
The investigating Garda recalled that the injured party called to Monaghan Garda Station about the advertisement. Witness obtained a warrant on December 5 that year and searched a property in Monaghan.
A man was interviewed who said he bought the trailer from the defendant.
Witness said he met Gilsenan by arrangement the following month. He said he bought the trailer for €100 cash and also exchanged batteries worth €270 for it, making a total of €370.
The defendant, a father of two, in evidence said he was a fitter and driver, who repaired machinery. He worked part-time. He purchased the trailer off a “travelling fellah” who had a fairly new transit and defendant hadn’t reason to be suspicious.
The floor was rotten on the trailer.
The Judge was told that the defendant had seven previous convictions, but his solicitor Catherine Taaffe said they were for road traffic and public order matters--- none for this type of offence which was out of character.
Judge Coughlan fixed €400 cash bail for appeal.