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Suspect accused of stealing college TVs

A MAN has appeared in court charged with repeatedly breaking into buildings at Dublin City University and stealing laptops and TVs worth over €2,500.

Thomas McDonnell (39) is alleged to have illegally entered buildings at DCU (right) on four occasions over a five-month period earlier this year.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after a District Court judge refused jurisdiction of the matter.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy adjourned the case to October for the service of the book of evidence.

McDonnell, with an address at New Street, Dublin 8, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with four counts of burglary.

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

Outlining the allegations for jurisdiction purposes, Garda Anthony McCabe alleged that McDonnell entered The Helix at DCU as a trespasser on March 28 and stole three TVs, which have not been recovered.

Garda McCabe said McDonnell broke into The Helix again on March 30 and stole another TV, valued at €300.

It is also alleged that McDonnell entered the Nursing Building at DCU on June 24 last and stole two laptops, worth €2,000.

Garda McCabe said that these laptops have not been recovered.

He is also alleged to have got into the DCU registry office on July 4 but nothing was taken during that break-in.

It is alleged the defendant was captured on CCTV cameras.

Judge McCarthy said he was refusing jurisdiction as he did not believe the matters were District Court matters.

The judge adjourned the matter to October 17 for the service of the book of evidence.