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Friday 9 December 2016

Man accused of €3k off-licence theft

Aleksanders Vedernikovs is charged with theft
Aleksanders Vedernikovs is charged with theft

A man has appeared in court charged with stealing more than €3,000 from a west Dublin off-licence.

Aleksanders Vedernikovs (35) had the case against him adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.

He is charged with 20 counts of theft from the Arc Bar Off-Licence, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on dates in December 2014 and January 2015.

The individual amounts allegedly stolen range from €17 to €484, totalling €3,725.

The defendant - of Rochfort Green, Baker's Walk, Kilcock, Co Kildare - said he did not wish to consult a solicitor.

"These are serious charges," Judge Conal Gibbons said. "If you were convicted of them you could go to prison. It would be advisable for you to get a solicitor. If you can't afford one you could be entitled to legal aid."

The accused said he understood this, but was happy to proceed on his own.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP had directed summary trial, which means the case can be heard at district court level.

Plead

The defendant said he was from Latvia but had been in Ireland for 15 years.

The judge ordered disclosure of prosecution documents to the defendant, including any CCTV, and said he would give him time to think about his situation.

He adjourned the case to a date in December, for the accused to indicate how he intends to plead to the charges.

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