Friday 24 November 2017

'Enterprising' thief used rope to climb 50-foot high Roman arch

Declan Brennan

A YOUNG man who used to rope to climb to the top of a 50 foot high Roman arch to steal lead will be sentenced next year.

Andrei Dunsoara (21), a Romanian man living on North Circular Road, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to criminal damage to the protected structure at Dodder Park Lower, Rathfarnham, on October 25, 2010.

The Roman Arch, was built in 1771 as an entrance to Rathfarnham Castle, which is a national monument under State care.

Judge Martin Nolan adjourned sentencing until next February. He said that Dunsoara is a young man who has no previous convictions but that the damage was significant.

He described the men’s efforts to get to the top of the arch as “very enterprising”.

Garda Michael Hally told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that the arch is on the registrar of protected structures in South Dublin County Council.

He said that extensive conservation works were carried out to the arch in 2009 and 2010. This included structural repairs and water proofing of the roof using lead.

The court heard that Dunsoara and two accomplices climbed to the top of the arch using a rope.

The estimated cost of repairing the damage is €5,000. Garda Hally said the lead was to be sold on.

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