Monday 23 April 2018

Search and rescue officer charged with handling stolen goods

Christopher Kelleher
Christopher Kelleher

Andrew Carey

A FOUNDING member of a search and rescue organisation has appeared in court on charges of allegedly handling stolen goods.

Abbeyfeale and District Search and Rescue equipment officer Christopher Kelleher (53) of Dromtrasna, Abbeyfeale, County Limerick was arrested and charged by Killarney-based Gardai at 10am last Thursday morning and brought before a sitting of Newcastle West District Court.

Mr Kelleher is charged with one count of allegedly handling stolen goods contrary to section 17 of the Criminal Justice and Offences Act 2001.

It is alleged by the State that on August 13 last, Mr Kelleher was found in possession of a number of items that had been reported stolen from Miltown, Co Kerry.

Gardai discovered three Husqvarna chainsaws and one Husqvarna consaw at Mr Kelleher's address in Dromtrasna on the date in question.

The value of the stolen items totalled €3,130 according to investigating Gardai.

Garda Joe Murphy, attached to Killarney Garda station, gave evidence before the court of the arrest, charge and cautioning of Mr Kelleher earlier on Thursday morning at Newcastle West Garda Station.

In his evidence, Garda Murphy said that the 53-year-old made no reply when formally charged and brought before the court.

Defence solicitor Vivian O'Shea sought the court grant Mr Kelleher legal aid for his defence in the allegations and a statement of means was submitted to Judge Mary Larkin.

Ms O'Shea also applied to the court that the defence receive full disclosure of evidence from Gardai in the case within four weeks.

Judge Larkin granted both applications and remanded Christopher Kelleher on bail, on his own bond of €300, to February 18 next when a plea or a date for a hearing of the case will be set.

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