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Friday 9 December 2016

Man faces trial in car damage, theft case

Jonathon Rafferty was remanded on bail for alleged burglary
Jonathon Rafferty was remanded on bail for alleged burglary

A Dublin man accused of burglary at a dry cleaners has been sent forward for trial.

Jonathon Rafferty (37) is also accused of causing extensive damage to three nearly-new vehicles during the course of the incident.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court after the DPP ruled that the matters were too serious for the District Court.

The accused, with an address at Brookview Lawns in Tallaght, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with burglary, contrary to the theft and fraud offences act.

The burglary allegedly took place at Sunrise Dry Cleaners, Lake Drive, Citywest Business Park, Dublin 24 on February 10 last.

Damage

Mr Rafferty is also facing three counts of criminal damage to three nearly-new vehicles at the same place and time.

It is alleged that he caused considerable damage to a 10-registered vehicle as well as a 132-registered Toyota Hilux and a 141-registered Citreon Berlingo van.

He is further charged with dangerous driving as well as driving without insurance or a driving licence at Lake Drive, Citywest Business Park.

A State solicitor said that the book of evidence was ready and had been served on the accused, who goes forward to the next sittings of Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Judge David McHugh gave Mr Rafferty the formal alibi caution, warning him that he had 14 days to provide to the State details of anyone he proposed calling as a witness in his defence.

The judge also assigned defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan and one junior counsel on free legal aid.

Mr Rafferty has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

Judge McHugh remanded Mr Rafferty on bail.

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