Passenger caught in stolen car after hit and run

A PASSENGER in a stolen car said he was getting a lift when the vehicle was involved in a hit and run traffic crash.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court, Timothy John Healey pleaded guilty to an unauthorised use of a motor vehicle charge.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Steve De Lissa said the crash, which took place in Ipswich on May 25, was captured on Safe City CCTV cameras.

Healey was identified in the footage and later arrested.

Sgt De Lissa said the vehicle had been reported as stolen three days earlier by its owner Michael Green.

Healey, 27, told police he had been a passenger in the stolen vehicle and had been getting a lift when the crash took place.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said Green told police the car had been taken by "newly made aquaintences".

Mr Fairclough said the vehicle had not been stolen for the purpose of committing further offences. He said Healey's plea was on the basis that his client went in the vehicle.

Mr Fairlough said his client's offence fell towards the "lower end of the scale of seriousness".

Healey was sentenced to three months in prision, suspended for 18 months after serving one month.

 



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