Sunday 18 November 2018

Father-of-two accused of burgling Dublin boarding school refused bail

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Andrew Phelan

A FATHER-of-two has been accused of burgling a private Dublin boarding school, taking bicycles being used by students for triathlons.

Darren Callaghan (43) is alleged to have taken the bikes in a break-in that happened while children were at classes metres away.

A court heard he was alleged to have been found cycling one of the stolen bikes later that day.

Judge David McHugh refused to grant him bail and remanded him in custody when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Callaghan, from Harelawn Park, Clondalkin, is charged with two counts of burglary at King’s Hospital Boarding School, Palmerstown on November 11.

He is further charged with handling a stolen Carraro mountain bike at Shancastle Park, Clondalkin on the same date.

Garda Michelle Doyle objected to bail, saying that yesterday at 4.20pm, three men entered the school through an office window, “50 metres from pupils” who were attending school.

There was also entry gained to another premises on the site of the school, where numerous bicycles were taken.

Later on that afternoon, it was alleged, the accused was stopped on a mountain bike that was identified as having been one of those that were stolen.

It was alleged that the accused was identified on CCTV.

There were a number of bicycles that were used by the school for triathlons that were still outstanding and Gda Doyle said it was believed that the accused could dispose of them if granted bail.

The directions of the DPP were not available yet but the garda agreed with Mr Callaghan’s solicitor that the case was likely to be dealt with at district court level.

Mr Callaghan was primary carer for one of his children, his solicitor said.

Applying for bail, she said he was presumed innocent and was prepared to abide by conditions, including signing on at a garda station, observing a curfew and staying away from the school in question.

Judge McHugh said it was appropriate to refuse bail. He said the accused appeared to lead a “chaotic lifestyle” and he did not believe he would show up for hearings.

He remanded him in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court next week.

Mr Callaghan has not indicated how he intends to plead to the charges, which are under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

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