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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

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Woman saw her hire car being driven off, Carlisle court told

A woman looked out of the window of her home to see her hire car being driven off, a court heard.

Margaret Taylor had settled down to watch TV when she noticed the lights on the vehicle moving away.

Carlisle Crown Court heard she had earlier let Patrick Young, 25, use the phone at her home in the city.

Young, of Windermere Road, Carlisle, is on trial accused of stealing the keys to the car.

Brendan Burke, prosecuting, said Mrs Taylor had hired the car the day before it was taken on March 18.

“The following day she got a call asking if this defendant could come to her house and use her landline,” said Mr Burke.

The court heard they knew one another and this was nothing unusual.

Mrs Taylor left Young alone in the room with the phone, the court heard. He later left.

Mr Burke said later that evening she “noticed something was wrong when she was watching Emmerdale”.

“She was alarmed to see the lights of her hire car moving off,” he told the court.

“She looked and saw it driven off. She couldn’t see who was driving it.”

Mr Burke said the prosecution was not alleging Young was driving it or had stolen the car – but claim he stole the car keys.

The trial continues.

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