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Man (58) accused of €12k damage to cash machines

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court charged with causing more than €12,000 worth of damage to bank machines.

Michael Mahon (58) is facing 16 separate counts of causing criminal damage to the ATMs last year.

Several are alleged to have been carried out at the same Dublin 4 bank.

Mahon, of Kilvere Park, Cypress Downs, had the case against him adjourned after he appeared in Dublin District Court on the charges.

He is charged with 16 counts of causing criminal damage to ATMs at locations including Ulster Bank, Donnybrook Road, as well as Stillorgan and Ranelagh.

State solicitor Majella Raftery said he was already on bail and the DPP was consenting to summary disposal of the case at District Court level.



She said the value of the damage allegedly caused was €12,772.

The charges involved "16 separate instances", she said.

Judge John Coughlan said that it was a "lot of money" and queried why the DPP had directed summary trial and asked if any cash was alleged to have been taken from the ATMs.

Ms Raftery replied that there was no theft allegation but that the charges were that the accused "damaged 16 of them".

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

The court heard the accused was on station bail and there were no conditions required.

The judge adjourned the case until June. He also granted free legal aid.