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Man accused of posing as garda during robbery

THIS is the young man accused of impersonating a garda and stealing a wallet and mobile phone from two foreign nationals on a Dublin street.

Richard Dekker (24) is also accused of breaking into a house, stealing the keys to a car and making off in the vehicle.

It is further alleged that he stole a 32' flat-screen TV, a mobile phone and kitchen knife during the burglary. The alleged incidents all took place on the same evening.

The accused, of Whitestown Avenue in Blanchardstown, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with burglary and stealing a Toyota Avensis.

The alleged incident took place at a house at The Mayne, Clonee on February 8 last.

A garda witness said Dekker was further charged before the court with impersonating a garda, contrary to Section 60 of the Garda Siochana Act, 2005, on Blakestown Way.

He was also charged with two counts of theft at Blakestown Way on February 8 and of having a stun gun and spent ammunition cases without a licence at his home on February 12.

It is alleged the accused stole a mobile phone worth €100 and a wallet containing a Bulgarian driving licence and €70 cash from two foreign nationals.

Gardai said Dekker was handed a copy of the new charge sheets, and he made no reply to the charges after caution. The court heard the DPP has directed trial on indictment in relation to the charges.


Defence solicitor Mairead White said the matter had been dragging on for some time, and there was only consent to the matter being adjourned for four weeks if it was marked peremptory against the State.

The State solicitor objected to this, saying the case involved a complex investigation and complex issues.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned all matters for four weeks for the book of evidence.