Faces of five people charged over spate of thefts
FIVE people – including a married couple – who are facing a total of 36 charges for trespass, theft and handling stolen property between them have appeared before Galway District Court.
The group of four men and one woman, four of whom have Dublin addresses, are charged in relation to a spate of thefts across the West.
The court heard that all five were arrested near the toll plaza on the M1 near Balbriggan on Saturday, before being brought to stations around Galway where the charges were put to them.
They were arrested by gardai from Galway assisted by the Organised Crime Unit and Emergency Response Unit.
Patrick Power (20) of St Oliver Park, Cloverhill Road in Clondalkin; Martin Mongan (24) of Cluide, Corrandulla; John Francis Mongan (26) of Ballyowen Lane in Lucan, and husband and wife Mary Maughan (30) of Ballyowen Lane, Lucan, and Peter Maughan (36), with the same address, appeared before Galway District Court yesterday.
All four of the men where charged with eight counts each ranging from trespass, to stealing a trailer to handling stolen property. The charges relate to allegations of entering three premises and allegedly stealing a trailer from Coolbawn, Portnick, in Ballinasloe on April 11 and handling stolen property, namely an Ifor Williams trailer worth €2,500 and power tools worth over €25,000.
Ms Maughan is facing four charges relating to handling stolen property.
None of the defendants made any reply when the charges were put to them, the court was told.
The court adjourned applications for bail in the case of Peter Maughan, John Francis Mongan and Martin Mongan until tomorrow. In the case of Mary Maughan, a mother of two, bail was granted on an independent surety of €8,000. Bail was refused in the case of Patrick Power after garda objections.
All five defendants will appear again before Galway District Court tomorrow.