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Sunday 11 December 2016

Burglary suspect so drunk he couldn't stand, judge told

COURT

Jason Mansfield
Jason Mansfield
Andy Connors

A MAN accused of burgling 'Fat' Andy Connors' house was found drunk outside the premises and unable to stand up, a court heard yesterday.

Jason Mansfield (28) was before Judge Bridget Reilly in Tallaght Court for DPP's directions.

Mansfield was dressed in blue jeans, black trainers and an orange long-sleeved Lacoste polo shirt.

Presenting Sergeant Eithne Madden indicated to the court that the DPP had directed summary disposal.

Judge Reilly asked what was alleged.

Sgt Madden said it will be alleged that at 6.35am on March 15 last, the gardai were called to the scene of a burglary at Boherboy. She said it will be alleged that a male was trying to enter the house.

Intoxicated

Sgt Madden said there were no signs of forced entry and it will be alleged that Mansfield was found outside the house. She said he was allegedly intoxicated and was unable to stand up.

Judge Reilly accepted jurisdiction.

Mansfield, with addresses at Crooksling, Saggart, and Kiltalawn Grove, Tallaght, is charged with burglary at The Old Dog Pound, Boherboy, Tallaght, on March 15, 2015.

He is also accused of having no insurance at Cushlawn Way, Tallaght, on July 14, 2014.

Mansfield's defence lawyer, Michael Hennessy, asked the court to make an order for disclosure and any cctv evidence. Sgt Madden said there was no cctv.

Judge Reilly remanded Mansfield on continuing bail to June 15 next for a plea or a date for hearing.

It is understood that 'Fat' Andy Connors' wife was in the house at Boherboy when the alleged offence happened.

Her husband was one of Ireland's most notorious criminals before he was shot dead as part of a bitter cash dispute in August of last year.

The 45-year-old father-of-six was brutally murdered in front of his wife Anne and his children at his newly-built home on the night of Tuesday, August 19.

There have been no arrests so far in the detailed investigation into the murder.

'Fat' Andy's extended Traveller gang, who have over 200 members, are the chief targets of the garda's Operation Fiacla and his murder did not end their organised nationwide crime spree.

The massive scale of their activities can be seen by the fact that they are the biggest and most prolific gang involved in the massive burglary spree in Ireland which netted over €11m worth of cash and possessions from homes in the last six months of 2013, according to official garda figures.

The handgun used to murder the Traveller gang boss was found by gardai in a burnt out white Opel Insignia in a yard off the Blessington Road. This car had been stolen in Carlow on July 14.

PROBING

Gardai believe that a black Kia Sportage stolen in Kilkenny on July 16 last which was found in the Mount Argus area of Dublin on the same night was also used in the murder. It had been fitted with fake plates, changing the registration from 11 KK to 12 KK.

Gardai are probing whether 'Fat' Andy was killed by the INLA after he refused to pay up to their extortion demands and are also probing a dispute he was involved in with a high profile south Dublin businessman.

In February, John Connors, the 20-year-old son of 'Fat' Andy, was awarded €10,000 in damages after he sued his aunt over a car crash on December 2, 2010, when he was 15.

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