Pair deny taking digger from hospital
TWO young men have denied stealing a digger worth an estimated €11,000 from the grounds of a Dublin hospital.
John Joyce (23) and David Keenan (21) have also denied that they caused a total of €1,000 worth of damage to a security barrier during the theft.
The men are also alleged to have damaged the barrel of a door lock.
Judge David McHugh adjourned the matters to a date in April for hearing.
Mr Joyce, with an address at Seagrave Drive in Finglas, and Mr Keenan, of Barry Drive, also in Finglas, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court with stealing a Takeuchi digger worth €11,000.
The incident, contrary to the theft and fraud offences act, allegedly took place at Cappagh Hospital in Finglas on August 8 last year.
The pair are also accused of causing damage to a security barrier and to the barrel of a door lock.
The DPP previously directed summary disposal of the matters in the District Court, where the penalties upon conviction are less severe, and Judge McHugh accepted jurisdiction to deal with the charges.
Sergeant Mary Doherty said it would be alleged that the damage to the door lock and security barrier amounted to approximately €1,000.
Defence solicitors John O'Doherty and Simon Fleming told the court the men were seeking a hearing date in relation to the allegations.
Judge McHugh adjourned matters to April 22 for hearing.
The judge had previously ordered the disclosure of any statements as well as CCTV footage of the incident.