Six men charged over theft of 1,280 plasma televisions

SIX men were charged yesterday in connection with the alleged theft of a container of 1,280 plasma televisions.

Naas District Court was told the TVs had an alleged value of €250,000 and all six were charged with handling stolen property.

One of the six was refused bail, while a second did not apply for bail.

The other four were granted bail on condition they, and a guarantor, paid €15,000 in cash.

The six were arrested by the Garda’s Organised Crime Unit following a surveillance operation at a house on Donore Road, Caragh, Co Kildare, on Tuesday.

A convoy of six unmarked garda cars arrived amid sirens at the front of the court yesterday morning, each carrying a defendant.

The men were taken to a side entrance, some covering their faces as they passed photographers and media.

Arresting gardaí said the six were charged under section 17 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001, referring to the handling of stolen property.

The six were named as Alan O’Brien, aged 36, Tir na nOg, Donore Road; Peter Kelly, aged 33, Rowlagh Avenue, Clondalkin, west Dublin; Kenneth Owens, aged 33, Rutland Avenue, Crumlin, south Dublin; Dean Gilligan, aged 25, Cherrywood Park, Clondalkin; John Toal, aged 50, Rialto Court, Dublin and Paul Drew, aged 24, originally from Tallaght, Dublin, but living in Monasterevin, Co Kildare.

Gardaí objected to bail in all cases, based on the seriousness of the alleged offence, the possible sentence if convicted and because of an alleged flight risk.

But Judge Patrick Clyne said they all had a right to bail.

He refused bail to Mr Owens, a father-of-seven, after he heard he had two warrants issued against him in the past, including one at circuit court level.

In the other cases, he consented to bail based on the defendant’s own bond of €5,000, plus an independent surety of €10,000 in cash.

He said he could not make exceptions in two cases, where he was told the defendants, and their families, did not have the money to meet the requirements.

In all cases, Judge Clyne said the defendants had to reside at their home address, sign on at their local garda station three times a week and surrender their passports.

In the case of Mr Gilligan, he placed an additional condition of a curfew between 10.30pm and 8am.

In relation to Mr Toal, he said he had to hand over any photographic ID, including driver’s licence. The court was told Mr Toal had a British drivers licence, had family in England and had previously lived there.

Mr Drew said he was not applying for bail and was remanded in custody.

All six will appear before Cloverhill District Court in Dublin next Tuesday.

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