Shatter burglary accused further remanded

A father-of-one charged over a burglary at the home of Minister of Justice Alan Shatter earlier this month was further remanded in custody today pending directions from the DPP.

A father-of-one charged over a burglary at the home of Minister of Justice Alan Shatter earlier this month was further remanded in custody today pending directions from the DPP.

Darragh Heavey (aged 25) of Moeran Road, Walkinstown, Dublin had been charged last week with trespassing at the Minister's house, at Delbrook Manor Ballinteer, in Co. Dublin, with intent to commit theft of two watches of unknown value, belonging to Mr Shatter on March 18. He had been remanded in custody on March 20 last following a garda objection to bail.

No one was home at the time of the incident which is alleged to have occurred as Mr Shatter was abroad representing the Government at St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Australia.

Mr Heavey made his second court appearance today at Dun Laoghaire District Court.

Garda Sergeant Mary Diskin told Judge Clare Leonard that the prosecution was awaiting directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The court heard on a previous occasion that Mr Heavey had been arrested near Mr Shatter's home and had been held for questioning.

It had also heard he was charged at Dundrum Garda station the following night, on March 19 last, and the unemployed 25-year-old had nothing to say in reply to caution.

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

During the brief hearing today, defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy told the court there may be an application for bail in the High Court for which there was about to be a two-week vacation period.

He also said that directions from the DPP had not yet been obtained and the prosecution consented to the two-week adjournment.

Judge Leonard remanded Mr Heavey, who was wearing a navy parka, navy tracksuit bottoms and navy white-soled shoes, in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on April 10 next.

On the last court appearance Detective Sergeant Eugene Stapleton objected to bail citing the seriousness of the offence and strength of evidence.

He said that Mr Heavey had been arrested in the vicinity of Mr Shatter's house. A forensic examination would link him to the property, Det Sgt Stapleton also said.

He had also told the court that the offence, on conviction at Circuit Court level, can carry a 10-year sentence.

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