Saturday 22 October 2016

Teenager arrested by Operation Thor gardai granted bail

John Wall (19) from Tallaght leaving court
John Wall (19) from Tallaght leaving court

A teenager wearing a balaclava and gloves allegedly forced open the door of a private home and disabled the alarm.

John Wall (19) was arrested earlier this week by gardai who were patrolling the Clonsilla area as part of Operation Thor.

Mr Wall is one of the first suspects to come before the courts as part of Operation Thor, which is a new initiative by An Garda Siochana to tackle burglars.

Gardai claimed Mr Wall was caught "red-handed".

Judge David McHugh remanded Mr Wall on bail to a date in December for DPP's directions on the charges.

The accused appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with burglary and possession of articles for use in a theft.

The incident allegedly took place at Charnwood Grove in Clonsilla on November 9.

Garda Peter Bernard objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charges. Gda Bernard alleged Mr Wall, who was wearing a balaclava and gloves, forced open the front door of a house and disabled the alarm.

Gda Bernard claimed another individual acted as a look-out and the burglary was "an organised act, not opportunistic".

The garda further alleged Mr Wall fled through gardens and tried to hide behind a garden shed.


Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said Mr Wall, of Fortunestown Crescent in Tallaght, should be granted bail because gardai had not suggested he was a flight risk nor had they concerns he would interfere with witnesses. Judge McHugh said gardai had not made out a case for refusing bail.

The judge remanded Mr Wall on bail in his own bond of €100.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Wall must sign on daily at Tallaght Garda Station, observe a curfew between 11pm and 7am and stay out of the Dublin 15 area.

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