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Man to go on trial accused of meter tampering


James McLoughlin

James McLoughlin

James McLoughlin

A MAN accused of tampering with electricity and gas meters has been sent forward for trial.

James McLoughlin (41) had a book of evidence served on him at Dublin District Court.

Mr McLoughlin, with an address at Summer Street South, Dublin 8, is charged with four counts of possession of stolen gas meters.

He is also charged with another four counts of unlawful interference with gas and electricity meters and four of causing criminal damage to them.

All 12 charges relate to alleged incidents that occurred on dates between July 2013 and February 2014 at locations in Dublin.

State solicitor Michael Durkan said the DPP had consented to the accused being sent forward for trial to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

He said a book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused.

Judge Patricia McNamara gave Mr McLoughlin the formal warning, telling him he must provide within 14 days to the prosecution details of any alibi he intends to rely on in the course of his trial.

The judge also made an order for disclosure by the prosecution of copies of the video recording of the accused's garda interview.

Mr McLoughlin was remanded on bail to appear in the Circuit Court on December 12.

He has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

Defence solicitor Tracy Horan and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

Mr McLoughlin did not address the court, except to confirm he understood the legal caution.