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'Mum had garda ID during break-in'

A PREGNANT woman who had a stolen garda identification badge and garda hat when she broke into an elderly man's home in north Dublin has been sent forward for trial.

Ann Marie Byrne (29) is also alleged to have been a passenger in the man's car which was stolen from outside his house in north Dublin.

She is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court where the penalties are potentially greater after the DPP ruled that the matters were too serious for the District Court.

The accused, with an address at Streamville Road in Kilbarrack, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with burglary, possession of stolen property and unauthorised carriage in a stolen car.

The alleged incident took place at Bayside Park in Sutton on January 24, 2011.



It is alleged that Byrne broke into the property and when she was arrested, she was caught in possession of a stolen wallet, garda identification badge and an official garda hat.

It is also claimed that Byrne, a pregnant mum-of-one, was a passenger in a car which was stolen at the man's house.

A State solicitor said the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the present sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Byrne the alibi caution, warning her she had 14 days to provide details of anyone she proposed calling as a witness.

Defence solicitor Aoife Bambury and one junior counsel were assigned on free legal aid.

The court heard that Byrne has been granted High Court bail on the charges but has not yet been able to take it up.

The judge remanded Byrne in custody with consent to bail.

Judge McHugh also ordered that a video tape of an interview which gardai conducted with Byrne be furnished to her legal team.