Thursday 22 March 2018

Prisoner to get new dentures after claiming false teeth lost in garda search

Tim Healy

A REMAND prisoner who claimed his false teeth were lost while he was being searched by gardai is to have a new set of dentures fitted, a judge was told yesterday.

The move came as the prison authorities told the High Court they had no idea of the whereabouts of Boguslaw Jakubiec's false teeth.

But the 53-year-old Polish man, who claimed he had lost weight in prison because he had such difficulty eating, will have to wait another few weeks before he can put in his new teeth.

Mr Jakubiec, with an address at Carcur Cottages, Wexford, last week initiated an action against the governor of Cloverhill Prison, where he is on remand on burglary charges, over an alleged refusal to return his false teeth.

Yesterday, when the matter returned before Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, Matthias Kelly, for Mr Jakubiec, said "common sense had broken out".

Counsel said that while it may take up to four weeks before the new teeth would be ready, he hoped they could be provided much sooner than that.

Paul Anthony McDermott, for the governor, said his client did not know what had happened to Mr Jakubiec's dentures.

While the governor was not responsible for the dentures, on a once-off basis he was happy to make arrangements to provide Mr Jakubiec with a new set of false teeth, counsel said.

The judge adjourned the matter to a date later this month.

In May, following his arrest by gardai investigating break-ins in the Dublin area, Mr Jakubiec was remanded in custody at Dublin District Court to Cloverhill.

Mr Jakubiec, who is unemployed and does not speak English, is accused, with two others, of being involved in burglaries that allegedly occurred in Dublin earlier this year. The criminal proceedings have been adjourned.

Irish Independent

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