Thursday 22 March 2018

Man (64) denies he damaged 10 water meters

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

More than 80 anti-water charge campaigners demonstrated outside court in solidarity with a man facing charges of damaging water meters.

Brian Gould (64), one of the leading figures in the Cork anti-water charge campaign, appeared before the District Court after he was arrested by appointment by gardaí last week.

Mr Gould, of Barry's Place, Cathedral Road, Cork, denies a total of 11 charges.

Ten of the charges involve alleged damage to water meters, at an individual cost of €80, to a total value of €800.

The other charge involves theft of a set of Ford Transit van keys, to the value of €50, the property of a water meter contractor.

This is brought contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Theft & Fraud Offences Act.

The other 10 charges are brought under the Criminal Damages Act, 1991.

Judge Leo Malone was told by Inspector Billy Duane that all 11 charges relate to alleged incidents at Ashgrove estate in Carrigaline, Cork on August 22 and 25, 2014.

Defence counsel Catherine Kirwan said her client was pleading not guilty to all charges.

He wanted to be tried by judge and jury on the theft charge.

Judge Malone accepted jurisdiction on the water meter damage charges but Ms Kirwan argued that these are intrinsically linked to the theft count and should be included with it before Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had consented to summary disposal of all the matters before Cork District Court.

Judge Malone adjourned the case until April 17.

Irish Independent

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