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Sunday 20 April 2014

Man accused of possessing stolen monkey to go on trial

A 28-YEAR-OLD Dublin man is to go on trial in November for possessing a stolen monkey and a stun gun.

Paul Murtagh of Birchdale Park, Kinsealy, Co Dublin, and Lighthouse Apartments, East Wall, Dublin 1, denies possession of “one common South American Marmoset” worth €1,500.

He allegedly had the animal at Ravensdale Road, East Wall, on October 1 last year.

Mr Murtagh, who has been remanded on continuing bail, has also pleaded not guilty to a charge for unlawful possession of a stun gun at Marlborough Place, Dublin 1, on October 27, 2009.

He was originally due to face trial at Dublin District Court on January 17 last, but the hearing could not go ahead then because a Garda ballistics expert required to give evidence in relation to the alleged stun gun seizure was not available to come to give evidence.

An adjournment was granted and the case was listed again yesterday (WED) before Judge Ann Watkin who ordered that Mr Murtagh's hearing would take place in November.

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