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Stolen laptop charge after gardai swooped

THIS is the man accused of handling a laptop which was stolen during a burglary from a house in north Dublin.

Paschal Kelly (44) was allegedly caught handling the laptop after gardai searched his Cavan home.

He is facing summary trial after the judge accepted jurisdiction of the matter.

Kelly, who is originally from Dublin's northside but is now based in Cavan, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with handling stolen property, contrary to Section 17 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act, 2001.

The alleged incident took place at his home at Hillview, Cormeen, Ballyjamesduff, on a date or dates between June 12, 2008 and December 10, 2008.

The HP laptop was stolen in a burglary in Balbriggan, north Co Dublin in early June 2009.

The court heard that the DPP had directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court.


Outlining the allegation for jurisdiction purposes, a garda sergeant said it was alleged that gardai searched Kelly's house under warrant and found the laptop. Judge Cormac Dunne said he would accept jurisdiction of the matter.

Defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury asked for full disclosure of all statements on the matter, including a copy of the search warrant as well as a video copy of an interview which gardai conducted with Kelly.

The court heard the file was "substantial".

Ms Bambury said that there was no objection to the matter being adjourned to a date in September.

Ms Bambury said Kelly was signing on daily, and she asked for this to be reduced, saying he lived five miles away from the nearest garda station.

Gardai said there was no objection to Kelly's signing on condition being reduced to twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays.

Judge Dunne adjourned the matter to a date in September.