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Stolen monkey coach on car charges

A TRAINEE football coach has appeared in court on charges of driving without insurance, two days after he was convicted of possessing a stolen monkey.

Paul Murtagh (29), of Clonshaugh Heights, Clonshaugh, Co Dublin, is accused of driving without insurance on two occasions this year.

It is alleged he was stopped on April 17 for having no insurance at Malahide Road, and on September 2 at Feltrim Road in Swords for a similar offence.

Defence solicitor Patrick Jackson requested a date for hearing for both matters.


Judge Dermot Dempsey asked why Murtagh had not appeared before the court on a previous date, to which he replied: "I was at my grandfather's funeral."

The judge remanded the accused on his own bond of €200 and adjourned the case until January 27. Murtagh was convicted on Monday at Dublin District Court after being caught with a stolen Marmoset monkey in his car at Ravensdale Road, East Wall, Dublin on October 1 last year, hours after it was taken during a burglary in Co Kildare.

He was ordered to do 80 hours of community service work in lieu of four months in jail.


He was further given 120 hours of community service in lieu of a six-month prison term for unlawful possession of a stun gun on October 27, 2009.