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Suspect's crash delays burglary charges

A YOUNG man suspected of committing a burglary in a southside pub over a year ago has only just been charged as he was later involved in a serious car crash and has been receiving treatment for his injuries.

Robert Curran (26) suffered a serious head injury in the accident in November 2009 and spent over four months in hospital.

Tallaght District Court heard that he is still receiving treatment in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.

The accused, of Allenton Avenue in Tallaght, was charged with burgling the Old Mill Pub on Old Bawn Road in Tallaght on July 24 last year.

Gardai are still awaiting the DPP's directions on the charge. They are also awaiting fingerprint analysis from the Forensic Science Laboratory.

Defence solicitor Grainne Malone said gardai delayed charging Curran because of the serious accident.

Ms Malone said she had written to Curran's doctor, and there may be a question over his fitness to give instructions to a solicitor.

She said there was no objection to the matter being adjourned for four weeks.

Judge James McDonnell adjourned the matter to a date in October for DPP's directions on the allegation.