Saturday 16 December 2017

Dad 'had stolen computer with thesis'

Thomas Redmond
Thomas Redmond

A FATHER-of-one was found with a laptop stolen from a university student, containing her thesis, it has been alleged.

The victim was "distressed" after the computer ended up being seized as an exhibit, while her thesis deadline loomed days later.

Dublin District Court heard gardai were able to "rush through" procedures to get it back to her on time.

Thomas Redmond (31) is accused of having the laptop, and three others, taken from a burglary at the student's house.

Judge John O'Neill refused to grant him bail and adjourned his case.

Mr Redmond, of Donore Terrace, Mount Brown, is charged with handling four stolen laptops and a bicycle, as well as possession of four clear plastic slips for use in the course of a theft.

The offences are alleged to have happened at Drumcondra Road Lower on August 14.

The prosecuting garda said he believed the slips were house-breaking implements.

It was alleged the defendant tried to conceal them when gardai approached, dropped the bike and a rucksack containing the laptops and ran and escaped.

The burglary had happened earlier that day in a house 750m away.

"To say she was upset is the least of it," the garda said of the student victim.

Separately, the bicycle had been stolen in Smithfield in June.

The accused had denied he was the man stopped by gardai.

Applying for bail, his lawyer said Mr Redmond enjoyed a presumption of innocence at all times.

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