Saturday 19 August 2017

Man cleared of attempted burglary at Mario Rosenstock's home

Thomas McCann found guilty of burglary at a nearby property

Mario Rosenstock with his wife Blathnaid. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins
Mario Rosenstock with his wife Blathnaid. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins

Sarah- Jane Murphy

A Kildare man has been acquitted of attempted burglary at the home of celebrity impressionist Mario Rosenstock.

However, Thomas McCann (42) was today found guilty by a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury, following a five day trial, of burglary at a nearby property in Marentimo House apartments in Blackrock, Dublin on the same date, September 30, 2011.

McCann, of Morristown Estate, Newbridge, had pleaded not guilty to both charges.

While giving evidence during the trial earlier this week Mr Rosenstock's wife, Blathnaid, told Dean Kelly BL, prosecuting, that she returned home after collecting the couple's son from montessori and came face to face with the accused who was walking out of the kitchen.

“He was extremely tall, slender, had white socks on both of his hands, a baseball hat and sunglasses. He also had his tracksuit bottoms tucked into his socks” she told Mr Kelly.

Mrs Rosenstock told the court that the man said he was a painter and decorator working at a neighbour's house which was being renovated.

“He said he came into my house to see if I was OK. I remember that he had an English cockney accent,” she said.

The court heard Mrs Rosenstock called gardai as soon as the man had left on a mountain bike which he had left outside her house.

Under cross examination, Detective David Lestrange told Derek Cooney BL, defending, that no forensic evidence linking the accused with either of the houses that were broken into was recovered by gardai.

Garda Deirdre O'Callaghan told the court that she came upon a person matching the description of the male on Seapoint Avenue in Blackrock.

When she examined a Tesco shopping bag he was carrying she uncovered a Samsung phone and a Toshiba laptop, matching the items reported stolen from the burglary at Marentimo House.

McCann, who told gardai that he “found the items in a skip” was arrested at the scene.

The court heard that 34 days after the attempted burglary, Mrs Rosenstock identified McCann in CCTV footage from a Centra shop in Blackrock village, filmed on the day of the incidents.

McCann will be sentenced in relation to the burglary at Marentimo House by Judge Patricia Ryan in July.

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