Tuesday 20 August 2019

Petrol thief got €666 of fuel into a Micra


HOW A MAN driving a Nissan Micra filled up to the tune of €666 on forecourts in Wicklow and Wexford was explained at the District Court last week.

Lithuanian Marijus Vileikis with an address at 72B, Apartment 4, Summerhill, Dublin 1 was intercepted by a Garda on the evening of June 26 at the wheel of the red Micra. The officer noted that the 1996 registration plate correctly belonged to an Opel Astra.

He also saw that Vileikis had five 20-litre drums with him in the car as well as siphoning equipment.

It turned out that the defendant had already made calls that day to the service station in Barndarrig beside the N11 where he took €200 worth of petrol without paying. He paid similar visits to Emo in Woodenbridge (€141), Canavan's Londis in Inch and Butler's in Gorey (€189). It was also discovered that the defendant was on the road without insurance.

The court learned that he had been a month in Ireland but his was long enough to allow him chalk up one previous conviction for theft in Wexford.

Solicitor Julie Breen said that Vileikis had come to this country on a promise of work. However, the employment never

materialised, leaving him with no money and no entitlement to social walfare. The defendant wanted to return as soon as possible to his mother and sister in Lithuania and Judge Gerard Haughton was keen to be rid of him from Ireland.

The judge pointed out that the offences described required a degree of advance planning. A nine month sentence was imposed for theft, suspended on the condition that Vileikis leave the jurisdiction within seven days and does not return for two years.

A two year driving ban was also recorded.

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