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Monday 5 December 2016

Burglary accused 'said he was Irish Water worker'

George Courtier was remanded in custody
George Courtier was remanded in custody

A pensioner accused of posing as an employee of Irish Water so that he could burgle Dublin businesses has been refused bail.

George Courtier (66) is alleged to have stolen from a restaurant and a shop after being given "free reign" to check plumbing on behalf of the water company.

Dublin District Court heard he is not an employee, and Judge Anthony Halpin remanded him in custody.

Mr Courtier, of Lord Edward Street, is charged with two counts of burglary.

He is alleged to have committed a theft after entering a restaurant on Dame Street on January 16.

The second charge relates to the same alleged offence at Eurosaver on Talbot Street the next day.

He is also charged with possession of a stolen iPhone4 at Harcourt Street on January 17.

A garda said Mr Courtier went to the restaurant at 3.30pm and said he was "an employee of Irish Water and was checking pipes and plumbing".

While there, he allegedly went to a staff area and stole €100 and another 7,000 rupees (€95). In the Eurosaver, he allegedly went to a staff changing area and took an iPhone5.

Curfew

The garda said Mr Courtier told him the other phone was taken in a separate burglary, which had not been reported.

Defence solicitor Aine Flynn said Mr Courtier was prepared to abide by a daytime curfew and stay out of certain parts of the city. He was "somewhat" estranged from his family.

Judge Halpin said the allegation that Mr Courtier claimed to be from Irish Water was "very serious".

He adjourned the case for the directions of the DPP.

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