A garda accused of a number of theft and deception charges has said he wants his case to be heard by the Circuit Criminal Court.
The district court was told earlier this year that Garda Mark Egan (35), who is currently suspended from the force, allegedly requested motorists to make a payment to a charity of his choice in lieu of penalty points or going to court.
Egan, of Dunshaughlin garda station, faces a total of 10 charges. Five allege deception, and five allege the theft of €50 each. When his case was called at Dunshaughlin District Court yesterday, Egan was asked by Judge Patrick Clyne where he wanted the case against him to be heard. He replied: "The circuit court judge, please."
All offences are alleged to have taken place on October 8 and 9 last year at various locations including Navan, Castleknock, the Dublin Industrial Estate in Glasnevin and two are at a place unknown.
State solicitor Vincent O'Reilly said the book of evidence was "relatively small". The case will be sent forward to be dealt with by the Circuit Criminal Court in Trim.