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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Man allegedly handled stolen Chinese passports and phone

Aaron Reville (22) has not yet entered a plea to the charges
Aaron Reville (22) has not yet entered a plea to the charges

A Dublin man has appeared in court accused of handling a stolen mobile phone, three Chinese passports and a sum of cash following an incident in the Phoenix Park.

Aaron Reville (22) replied: "Why am I being charged with this?" when he was charged before the court.

Judge David McHugh remanded him on continuing bail to a date in February for the DPP's directions on the charges.

The accused, of Tulip Court in Darndale, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with handling stolen property.

It is alleged that Mr Reville handled a stolen Samsung mobile phone, valued at €1,000, as well as three Chinese passports, valued at €240.

He is also accused of handling £3,000 in cash.

The incident allegedly took place at Chesterfield Avenue in Dublin's Phoenix Park on September 12 this year.

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Mr Reville is further charged with causing criminal damage to the front passenger window of a 2007-registered vehicle.

Garda David O'Connell gave evidence of arresting Mr Reville before the court and charging him with the offences.

Gda O'Connell said the accused was handed a true copy of the charge sheets and in reply after caution he said: "Why am I being charged with this?"

Gda O'Connell said the DPP's directions were outstanding on the charges and he asked for a lengthy adjournment to receive them.

Defence solicitor John Wood said his client was willing to agree to a long adjournment until after Christmas.

The court heard the accused was unemployed and in receipt of social welfare and Mr Wood was assigned on free legal aid.

The accused has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charges.

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