List of burglary targets found in car, court told, as four charged over raid
Four Dublin men who gardai allege are part of "a highly sophisticated, organised crime gang" appeared before a special sitting of the district court in Castlebar yesterday in connection with a number of recent burglaries in Co Mayo.
Bail was refused by Judge Seamus Hughes in respect of three of the accused - Shane Byrne (30), Kiltaltown Path, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 22; Dean Maguire (27), Tree Park Drive, Tallaght, Dublin; and Daniel Lawlor (29), Kiltaltown Road, Jobstown, Tallaght.
A fourth accused, Gerry Wall (19), Fortunestown Crescent, Dublin 24, was granted bail on strict conditions.
Bail was sought by solicitor Lorraine Stephens on behalf of Byrne, Maguire and Lawlor but the applications were refused following objections by gardai.
Superintendent Tom Calvey objected on the grounds of the seriousness of the offences and the fact that the accused may commit further offences.
The superintendent said that €30,000 in cash stolen from a house at Bohola, Co Mayo, had not been recovered and there was a fear that if the men were released, the stolen monies may be disposed of.
During the course of the hearing, the judge heard that a list of other potential burglary targets had been found in a vehicle seized by gardai, which they believe had been used by the suspects.
All four men appeared in court yesterday charged with entering the home of Joe Heneghan, Facefield, Claremorris, Co Mayo, on September 20 and committing an offence under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Fraud Offences Act 2011.
Objecting to bail, Detective Sergeant Michael Doherty and Garda Damian Ryder outlined that Mr Heneghan's home was unoccupied last Friday when €1,000 cash, €500 in coins, a €500 cheque and a €243 Revenue cheque were stolen.
The two gardai gave evidence that as a result of a subsequent search of a house involving a number of agencies, the Revenue cheque stolen from the Facefield address had been recovered.
Also, a car at the scene matched the description of a vehicle which had been used in burglaries at two locations in Castlebar - Saleen and The Brambles.
The court heard that Shane Byrne has a total of 35 previous convictions, seven of which were committed while on bail.
Dean Maguire has a total of 24 convictions, six of which he had committed while on bail as an adult. Judge Hughes was told Daniel Lawlor has 45 convictions, three of which were committed while he was on bail.
The judge remanded all three in custody to appear at Harristown (Castlerea Prison) Court on Friday next, September 27.
Due to the absence of previous convictions in the case of Gerry Wall, the judge granted bail subject to strict conditions.
He is due to appear before Castlebar District Court on November 5.