Man charged over burglary at Shatter home is refused bail

A father of one was refused bail yesterday after he was charged over a burglary at the home of Justice Minister Alan Shatter on Sunday night.

Darragh Heavey, aged 25, of Moeran Road, Walkinstown, Dublin, was charged with trespassing at the minister’s house, at Delbrook Manor, Ballinteer, Co Dublin, with intent to commit theft of two watches, of unknown value, belonging to Mr Shatter.

Nobody was home at the time. Mr Shatter was abroad representing the Government at St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Australia.

Heavey had been arrested near Mr Shatter’s home and had been held for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Eugene Stapleton told Judge Clare Leonard that Mr Heavey was charged at Dundrum Garda Station on Monday night. The accused, who is unemployed, had nothing to say in reply to caution, Dún Laoghaire District Court heard.

Legal aid was granted to Mr Heavey, who addressed the court once to nominate a solicitor to represent him after legal aid was granted.

Det Sgt Stapleton objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the offence and strength of evidence. He said Mr Heavey had been arrested in the vicinity of the house. A forensic examination would link him to the property, Det Sgt Stapleton also said.

He said the offence on conviction at circuit court level could carry a 10-year sentence.

Defence solicitor Peter Connolly said his client was taking part in vocational courses and had suffered from depression in the past. In an application for bail, he said Mr Heavey would abide by any conditions set down by the court, including a curfew.

He also said that directions from the DPP had not yet been obtained.

Judge Leonard refused bail and remanded Mr Heavey, who was dressed in a tracksuit, in custody to appear again on Mar 27.

She noted the DPP’s directions may not be available on that date and was told that the injured party, Mr Shatter, was still out of the country.

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