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Saturday 19 August 2017

Dubliner accused of damaging shop sign

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court accused of damaging a sign outside a convenience store.

Bernard Maughan (61) was allegedly caught on CCTV cameras damaging the sign.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the matter to a date in May for hearing.

The accused, with an address at Coolquay, The Ward, Co Dublin, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with criminal damage.

The alleged incident took place outside Spar, Glasnevin Avenue in Finglas on February 13 last.

The court heard that the DPP had directed summary disposal of the matter in the district court where the penalties upon conviction are less severe.

Sergeant Mary Doherty said it is alleged that Mr Maughan damaged a large Spar sign which was outside the shop.

Sgt Doherty said it is alleged that the incident was captured on CCTV cameras.

Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction, meaning the matter will remain in the district court.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty requested a copy of statements as well as CCTV footage of the incident.

Mr O'Doherty also said that the matter could be adjourned straight into a hearing date.

Judge McHugh also assigned Mr O'Doherty on free legal aid.

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