Thursday 27 August 2015

Man accused of possessing stolen monkey worth €1,500

Andrew Phelan

Published 26/11/2012 | 12:41

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court charged with possession of a stolen monkey.

Paul Murtagh (28) is facing a charge of having the stolen Marmoset at a location in the East Wall area of Dublin last month.

He was remanded on bail when he appeared in Dublin District Court last week accused of the offence.

Murtagh, of Birchdale Park, Kinsealy, Co Dublin, and Lighthouse Apartments, East Wall, Dublin 1, had the case against him adjourned after his second court appearance.

He is charged with possession of stolen property “To wit, one common South American Marmoset”, worth €1,500.

The crime is alleged to have happened at Ravensdale Road, East Wall, on October 1 last.

Murtagh is also charged with a separate offence – unlawful possession of a stun gun at Marlborough Place, Dublin 1, on October 27, 2009.

Judge Bryan Smyth heard an order for the disclosure of prosecution documents to the defence had been made on the first date the case was before the court.

Defence solicitor Tony Collier said his office had only received disclosure the day before and he had not been able to take full instructions from his client yet.

Judge Smyth granted a two-week adjournment in the case and remanded the accused on continuing bail, to appear in court again on a date in December.

The defendant is to enter a plea at that stage or be given a date for trial in the non-jury court.

The charge is indictable, meaning it could have been sent for trial by judge and jury to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

However, the Director of Public Prosecutions has consented to summary disposal of the case at District Court level.

Mr Murtagh did not speak during the brief hearing at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

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