Monday 20 August 2018

Pair arrested outside cash-for-gold shop with '€50,000 in stolen jewellery'

'Kathleen Kiely (30) is alleged to have had the bag when she was arrested by gardaí investigating the theft of around €250,000 worth of jewellery in a burglary in Dublin' (stock photo)
'Kathleen Kiely (30) is alleged to have had the bag when she was arrested by gardaí investigating the theft of around €250,000 worth of jewellery in a burglary in Dublin' (stock photo)

Andrew Phelan

Gardaí caught a mother-of-one "red-handed" as she walked into a cash-for-gold shop with a bag filled with more than €50,000 worth of stolen jewellery, it has been alleged.

Kathleen Kiely (30) is alleged to have had the bag when she was arrested by gardaí investigating the theft of around €250,000 worth of jewellery in a burglary in Dublin.

A court heard that the driver of the car she went to the scene with, Michael Maughan (23), was also arrested and both were charged with having stolen property. Judge Gerry Jones refused to grant them bail at Dublin District Court.

Ms Kiely, of Lymington Avenue, London, and Mr Maughan, from Hazel Hills, Tallaght, Dublin, were both remanded in custody for a week.

Detective Garda Aidan Carroll said Ms Kiely made no reply to the charge after caution.

She was caught 'red-handed' carrying a bag containing €50,000 worth of jewellery, as she walked into the premises on Main Street, Tallaght, on January 25 last, Det Gda Carroll said.

Objecting to bail, he told Judge Jones the jewellery was the proceeds of a burglary.

Det Gda Carroll said the total value of property stolen in the burglary could be more than €250,000.

Ms Kiely told him she had been in the country for three days and had a flight booked to leave. He feared she would abscond if granted bail.

Asked whether he believed Ms Kiely knew the whereabouts of the remaining jewellery, the garda replied: "My suspicion is that she would."

Defence barrister Donal Pattison said there was no evidence Ms Kiely would not turn up in court.

He said she was "terrified" at the prospect of being in custody.

She was prepared to live at an address in Ireland or in the UK and she gave evidence that she would abide by the conditions.

Judge Jones said he had no choice but to refuse bail.

Irish Independent

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