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Handbag in theft case had €1,175 in it


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The case against a man accused of stealing a woman's handbag containing €1,175 may have to go to the circuit court because of a question over his fitness to plead.

Christopher Moorehouse (39) had his case adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court after a judge was told there were "fitness to plead issues".

He was remanded on continuing bail for a week.

Mr Moorehouse, of Old Greenfield, Maynooth, Co Kildare, is charged with theft of a woman's handbag containing €1,175 and jewellery worth €200.


The offence is alleged to have happened at the M4 Business Park, Celbridge West on August 16 last year.

A State solicitor told Judge David McHugh it had been agreed to put the case back for a week for the consideration of a medical report on the defendant.

"There may be fitness to plead issues" which Dublin Circuit Criminal Court would have to deal with, said Mr Moorhouse's lawyer.

Judge McHugh said he would read the report and adjourned the case to November 22.

The charge against the defendant is under Section 4 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.