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Suspect on stolen laptop charge wins more time

THE CASE against a man accused of handling a laptop computer that was stolen in a burglary has been adjourned so he can go through the evidence against him with his legal team.

Paschal Kelly (44) is alleged to have been caught handling the laptop after gardai searched his Cavan home.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case for four weeks to allow Kelly's legal team go through the evidence.

Kelly was remanded on continuing bail when he appeared at Dublin District Court on the charge.

He is facing summary trial after another judge accepted jurisdiction in the case.

Kelly, who is originally from Dublin's northside but is now based in Cavan, is charged with handling stolen property.

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 2008.

At a previous court sitting, 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 said she only received full disclosure of all statements on the matter at 4.30pm on Friday, September 17, and she needed time to go through the evidence with her client.

Ms Bambury said the file was "substantial".

Judge McHugh adjourned the matter for four weeks to a date in October, when Kelly is expected to enter a plea in relation to the allegation.