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Sunday 30 April 2017

Man accused of taking phone in Law Society office burglary

Paul Meehan’s case was adjourned at Dublin District Court
Paul Meehan’s case was adjourned at Dublin District Court

A man has been accused of burglary at the Law Society of Ireland after a woman's phone was stolen when she left it on her desk for 10 minutes.

Paul Meehan (41) is also charged with two other burglaries in Dublin city centre.

Judge Patricia McNamara adjourned the cases at Dublin District Court.

Mr Meehan, with an address at North Circular Road, has not yet entered pleas.

It is alleged he entered premises as a trespasser with intent to commit a theft on August 4, 7 and 29 last year.

The judge was told the DPP was consenting to both cases being heard in the district court.

Sgt Paul Keane said it was alleged that the victim left her office at the Law Society at 2.20pm.

Her mobile phone was left behind on her desk and when she returned 10 minutes later it had been taken.

Jumping

In the second alleged incident, Sgt Keane said gardai were called to Grants clothing shop on Manor Street at 1.35pm.

A woman said she had seen a man in the stores at the rear of the premises.

He had been seen entering the building via a back door after jumping over a wall and had no reasonable excuse for being there when he was challenged.

He then left by the front door, it was alleged. Nothing was ultimately stolen in that incident, the court heard.

At Teeling Whiskey rooms in Newmarket Square, gardai were called after an alarm was activated. A staff member alleged that a man had opened the front door and tampered with the alarm system.

He left on foot and nothing was taken or damaged.

Legal aid was granted after John O'Doherty, defending, said Mr Meehan was in receipt of disability allowance.

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