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Accused in stolen cables case disputes €10k value

A DUBLIN man accused of driving a van containing €10,000 worth of stolen ESB cables has queried the alleged value of the property.

Michael Collins (22) had the case against him adjourned when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court on a charge of possession of stolen goods.

The accused, with an address at Ramilies Road, Ballyfermot, is charged with the alleged offence at the N7, Clondalkin on June 16, 2013.

The charge is under Section 18 of the Theft and Fraud Act.

His solicitor John O'Doherty told Judge David McHugh he had "a query over the value".

The judge remarked that it was "a lot of money" and adjourned the case to a date in September to give the defence time to make further enquiries.

Earlier, Sgt Maria Callaghan said gardai saw a van travelling outbound on the N7 at 2.15am on the morning in question with a heavy load.

They stopped it and it was alleged that a large quantity of electrical copper cable bearing the ESB logo was observed in the back of the vehicle.

Judge McHugh previously accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case at District Court level.

This means it will not be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, which has greater sentencing powers on conviction.

The judge also made an order for disclosure of prosecution documents to the defence.

He remanded the defendant on continuing bail, to appear in court again in September.