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Thursday 17 October 2019

'Distinctive gait' of one-legged burglary accused led to arrest

Eddie Valentine is accused of burgling a house
Eddie Valentine is accused of burgling a house

This is the one-legged man accused of burgling a house in South Dublin before Christmas.

Eddie Valentine (43), who has a prosthetic leg, allegedly climbed a wall during the incident, with gardai saying they identified him on CCTV footage by his "distinctive gait".

The prosecution has been given more time to prepare its case against him after he was refused bail.

Mr Valentine, of Carrickmount Drive, Rathfarnham, is charged with burglary at nearby Mountain View Park last December 16.

He appeared via video-link when his case came before Cloverhill District Court.

Ludicrous

Judge Victor Blake was told the directions of the DPP were needed on the charge, which will determine whether the case remains in the district court or is sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

A garda sergeant said a file was being compiled and gardai would be seeking that the case is dealt with by trial on indictment.

All disclosure documents had been provided to the accused's solicitor, the garda sergeant added.

Judge Blake asked if the defendant was consenting to an adjournment.

When his barrister conveyed this question to Mr Valentine, the accused, wearing a light grey tracksuit, replied: "Yeah, yeah."

The judge confirmed that legal aid had been granted, before adjourning the case to February 8.

Mr Valentine was further remanded in custody.

Previously, Judge Patricia McNamara had refused to grant Mr Valentine bail when he was first taken before Tallaght District Court.

In that hearing, Garda Austin Larkin objected to bail, citing the nature and seriousness of the allegations.

He said it was alleged that the accused approached the house in question between 8pm and 9pm and knocked on the front door a number of times to see if anyone was in.

It would be alleged that Mr Valentine went around the back of the house and climbed the wall.

Gait

Gda Larkin said the incident was captured on CCTV and he recognised Mr Valentine in the footage because of his "distinctive gait".

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said it would be "physically impossible" for his client to climb over a wall given that he had a prosthetic leg, and the idea that he could do this or scale the roof of a house was "ludicrous".

Gda Larkin said it was not ludicrous to suggest he could do such things, adding that he had seen the accused riding a bicycle "all the time".

It was an "insane proposition" that Mr Valentine could perform such physical acts, Mr Hennessy said. Gda Larkin rejected this claim.

Judge McNamara said she was refusing bail having considered the evidence.

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