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Jamie French handed himself in after warrants were issued

Jamie French handed himself in after warrants were issued

Jamie French handed himself in after warrants were issued

A dad-to-be facing a charge of burgling a launderette has been granted bail after pleading to be allowed to support his partner who was due to give birth.

Jamie French (26), who was identified as a suspect in the alleged burglary through DNA evidence, handed himself in to gardai after warrants were issued for his arrest, a court heard.

Judge Colin Daly adjourned the case at Dublin District Court for the accused to decide how to plead.

Mr French, of Virginia Heights, Springfield, Tallaght, is charged with burglary and other separate theft offences.

A garda sergeant said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level, subject to a judge accepting jurisdiction.

He said it was alleged that the accused broke into Heuston Laundry, Heuston South Quarter, Kilmainham, last October 29.

Around €150 in cash was taken from the till, and the accused was later identified from evidence found at the scene, it was alleged.

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Mr French was separately accused of taking €50 worth of petrol without paying for it in a drive-off theft from a garage.

He was also accused of stealing a large amount of alcohol and clothing worth €350 from a Tesco.

Judge Daly accepted jurisdiction in all cases.

The accused's solicitor Ruth Walsh said Mr French's long-term partner was expecting her first child soon.

This had motivated him, and he had made arrangements to hand himself in to the gardai on warrants.

The warrants were taken in a very short period when the accused was going through a difficult period of his life, Ms Walsh said.

Mr French had a very troubled family life and had lost both parents at a young age, the court heard.

His circumstances had now improved greatly, and he wanted to care for and support his pregnant partner, Ms Walsh told the court.

Judge Daly remanded Mr French in custody to Cloverhill with consent to bail, subject to a cash lodgement.