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Burglary suspects in M50 chase denied bail

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Darren Kelly pictured at Dun Laoghaire District Court

Darren Kelly pictured at Dun Laoghaire District Court

Colin Keegan

Darren Kelly pictured at Dun Laoghaire District Court

These are the two men charged after allegedly leading gardai on a chase on the M50 and M1 following two burglaries in Blackrock last week.

Darren Kelly, a 23-year-old father-of-three from Killucan, Co Westmeath, and Gerry Wall (19), from Fortunestown Crescent, in Tallaght, Dublin, were both charged at Dun Laoghaire yesterday.

Each was accused of two counts of burglary, possession of a stolen BMW car, and having false registration plates fitted to the vehicle.

Abandoned

All the offences date back to last Thursday when gardai spotted the car on the M50 after an alert had been put out for it.

The car was followed by officers on the road, with the assistance of the Garda Air Support Unit, until the vehicle was abandoned near Junction 18 on the M1.

Four occupants fled the car and three males were arrested nearby.

Mr Kelly and Mr Wall were brought before Judge Anne Watkins yesterday, where Detective Garda Dermot Haugh gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.

Neither defendant made any reply when charged.

Applications for bail were objected to by gardai, and Judge Watkins denied the bail applications.

Mr Kelly, wearing a black sleeveless body warmer, dark blue jeans and black runners, and Mr Wall, wearing a blue jumper, light grey tracksuit bottoms and dark runners with white soles, both sat silently in the court while the bail applications were made by solicitor Lorraine Stephens, for Mr Wall, and barrister Miska Hanahoe, for Mr Kelly.

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Gerry Wall who appeared at Dun Laoighre District Court

Gerry Wall who appeared at Dun Laoighre District Court

Applications for legal aid were granted and Judge Watkins remanded both accused in custody in Cloverhill to appear in court again on Wednesday next week.