Judge refuses to throw out theft case of Ross Hutch
A judge has refused to throw out a phone-theft case brought against gang target Ross Hutch.
The 24-year-old, who won €33,000 in cash and prizes on RTÉ's 'Winning Streak' last year, is accused of stealing an iPhone worth €875 at Marino Mart in Dublin on Sunday.
He appeared before Judge Anthony Halpin yesterday afternoon.
Garda Sharon Kavanagh, of Clontarf garda station, gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.
Hutch was arrested at his home address in Portland Place, Dublin 1, and made no reply when he was charged.
Judge Halpin was asked to throw out the case. Defence solicitor Declan Fahy argued that the court should make "no order".
Judge Halpin refused this application.
He noted that there was no objection to bail. In relation to an application for him to sign on regularly at a Garda station, the defence said that Mr Hutch has "huge personal security difficulties".
The case was adjourned pending direction from the DPP to a date in the new year. Free legal aid was also granted.