Thursday 27 October 2016

Further charges likely after 29 people are found in house

Published 22/08/2016 | 02:30

Cirina Caldanaru (60) Photo: Tony Gavin
Cirina Caldanaru (60) Photo: Tony Gavin

Gardaí have said that further charges are likely to be sought against five people who were remanded in custody after almost 30 people were found in a house in Co Meath.

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All five were charged with theft on Saturday night and refused bail at Trim District Court.

Ion Caldanaru (62) Photo: Tony Gavin
Ion Caldanaru (62) Photo: Tony Gavin

Gardaí carried out a raid on a house at Castletown, Kilpatrick, near Navan, last week.

All five of the people charged are from Romania.

The court heard that gardaí removed 29 people from the house.

Cirina Caldanaru (60), Amar Grosu (40) and Ion Caldanaru (62) were all charged under section four of the Criminal Justice Act with stealing an undetermined amount of cash from Ghiocel Barcu at a branch of AIB at Market Square, Navan, at an unknown date between January 24 and August 18.

Elena Todica (40) Photo: Tony Gavin
Elena Todica (40) Photo: Tony Gavin

Vasile Soficu (58) was also charged with theft between August 11 and August 18.

Elena Todica (40) was charged with taking Mr Barcu's Visa card from an address in Stephenstown, Castletown, Co Meath.


The judge remanded all five in custody, saying he had concerns that they would pose a flight risk. Superintendent Michael Devine, of Navan garda station, said he was also concerned about the potential to intimidate witnesses.

Vasile Soficu (58) Photo: Tony Gavin
Vasile Soficu (58) Photo: Tony Gavin

The defence said that a lease for the property where the raid was carried out was in Mr Grosu's name. However, gardaí said they were not in a position to confirm if he had signed the lease.

The judge was not happy with the evidence presented and said that there were matters to be clarified before the issue of bail could be considered.

When charged by gardaí, Ms Todica said, "I did not steal anything", the court heard.

Supt Devine told the court he also considered her to pose a threat to witnesses and to be a flight risk.

He added: "She is part of a group where there have been threats of violence against the injured parties in this case."

The judge refused bail in light of a "very serious charge".

Irish Independent

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