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Joe Malone was charged with a variety of offences

Joe Malone was charged with a variety of offences

Joe Malone was charged with a variety of offences

A couple arrested on suspicion of breaking into cars were out walking together after a family visit, one of the accused said.

Joe Malone (43) and his partner Celine O'Connor (38) were both charged with a series of offences alleged to have happened within a 1.6km radius in north Co Dublin.

Judge Dermot Dempsey granted them bail subject to several conditions and adjourned their cases at Dublin District Court.

The accused, of Ferguson Road, Drumcondra, were both arrested in Swords over alleged offences there on April 29.

Mr Malone is charged with trespassing in a manner likely to cause fear at an address at Longview Avenue, Miller's Glen, Swords, and possession of a torch and gloves for use in the course of a theft.

Knife

Ms O'Connor is charged with stealing a €5 battery at Castle- view Grove, theft of €11 in coins and a €20 scarf at Longview and possession of two torches and a box-cutter knife for use in connection with a theft.

They are both also charged with unlawfully getting into stationary vehicles at Castle- view Grove and Longview.

Gardai objected to Mr Malone's bail.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said he could stay out of Swords completely if granted bail.

Mr Malone said he had been visiting his sister and was out walking with his girlfriend when he was arrested.

He said he did not do anything he was being blamed for.

Judge Dempsey remanded him in custody with consent to bail.

There was no objection to Ms O'Connor's bail.

Under conditions, both accused must observe curfews, stay out of the Swords area and sign on at a garda station.