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Theft suspect accused of damaging Roman Arch

A YOUNG man who allegedly used a rope to climb to the top of a well-known south Dublin monument to steal lead sheeting is facing trial on the charge.

Andrei Dunsoara (20) is also alleged to have damaged the Roman Arch, also known as Ely's Arch, at the entrance to Rathfarnham Castle, after he climbed up it. The monument is over 50 feet high.

He is further accused with stealing lead sheets, worth €1,800, during the same incident.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the matters to a date in December for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused, of North Circular Road, Dublin 7, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with theft and criminal damage.

The alleged incident took place at Dodder Park Lower, Rathfarnham on October 25 last year.

The court heard the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court on a guilty plea only.

In relation to the allegation, it is alleged that Dunsoara and two accomplices climbed to the top of the Roman Arch using a rope, and damaged it.

Built in the late 1700s, the structural value of the Roman Arch is €5,000, and it was constructed as an entrance to Rathfarnham Castle.

Gardai previously told the court that the monument is in excess of 50 feet high, and two fire brigade tenders were needed to access the top of it.

Defence solicitor Eddie O'Connor said Dunsoara denied the allegations.

Judge Halpin adjourned the matter to a date in December for the service of the book of evidence.