Driver admits car theft story 'false'

Jessica Millward, GERALDTON GUARDIANGeraldton Guardian
Driver admits car theft story 'false'
Camera IconDriver admits car theft story 'false' Credit: Geraldton Guardian

A Geraldton man who stole a car he had taken for a test drive has admitted his story about it being "jacked" from him was false.

Bradley Trent Ladhams, 33, of Cape Burney, has been in custody at Greenough Regional Prison since December 17, despite being granted custody, as he was unable to secure a surety.

He appeared in the Magistrate’s Court at Geraldton today, via video-link from the prison, and pleaded guilty to stealing and no authority to drive.

Ladhams took the Toyota GXL Landcruiser on a 20 minute test drive on December 11, 2015 but failed to return it to Drennan O’Malley Motors.

He told an employee of the car yard that the $25,000 car had been stolen from him at Pages Beach.

Magistrate Donna Webb labelled his story “implausible at best” at the first court appearance in December.

The vehicle has since been recovered.

Ladhams will be sentenced on February 15.

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