Thursday 27 July 2017

'Three men caused more than €15,000 worth of damage when they cut live electrical wires from ESB power pylon,' court hears

By Andrew Phelan

THREE ROMANIAN men cut live electrical wires from an ESB power pylon, causing more than €15,000 worth of damage, it has been alleged.

Brothers Daniel Deageac (23) and Sorin Deageac (22) and their housemate Samuel Gheorghe (19) all appeared in Dublin District Court today charged with causing criminal damage and stealing €2,000 worth of copper wires.

The incident is alleged to have happened at Boston Common, Boston Hill, Rathangan, Co Kildare between August 4 and 5.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded them in custody with consent to bail, to appear in Cloverhill District Court next week.

The accused men, all of the same address at Cedar Park, Leixlip, Co Kildare were charged at Leixlip Garda Station yesterday.

Detective Garda Conor Sullivan of the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau said none of the accused replied to the charges after caution.

He said he was objecting to bail as he believed the defendants were a flight risk and would not turn up in court to face the charges.

He said the alleged offences carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on conviction. Det Gda O’Sullivan said it was alleged that €15,300 worth of damage had been caused.

Outlining the prosecution’s case, he said a group of men were involved and it was alleged that a large number of wires were cut from live electrical pylons.

These were then gathered in a field and put together. It was alleged the accused men were seen exiting the field where the wires were cut.

Applying for bail, Defence Solicitor John O’Doherty said the three defendants had family here and had brought bail money to court. The two Deageac brothers had travel documents, the court heard.

Daniel Deageac had been in Ireland for two months and was seeking employment.

Judge Walsh granted bail in Mr Gheorghe’s own bond of €2,000, of which €750 is to be lodged in cash.

In the cases of the two co-accused, he set bail at €2,000, with €500 in cash. In all three cases, the judge required independent sureties of €3,000, with €1,000 cash to be lodged in each.

Conditions are that the defendants observe a curfew, sign on daily at their local garda station, and provide a phone number at which gardai can contact them.

Judge Walsh adjourned the case to August 12, for the directions of the DPP.

Two other men who were arrested were released without charge.

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