Saturday 23 February 2019

Man facing trial over alleged damage to M50 toll system

Tony Rochford has not indicated how he will plead
Tony Rochford has not indicated how he will plead

A man has been sent for trial accused of damaging the eFlow toll collection system on the M50.

Tony Rochford had the case against him adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Rochford (49), of Steeple Manor, Trim, Co Meath, is charged with causing criminal damage to the eFlow system, which is the property of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

The offence is alleged to have happened on the northbound section of the motorway last June 16.

Mr Rochford had also been accused of trespassing in a manner likely to cause fear.

However, that charge was subsequently withdrawn by the prosecution.


Gda Sgt Robert Griffin told the court that Mr Rochford made no reply to the new charge after caution.

Judge David McHugh extended bail that had previously been granted to cover the new charge.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial on indictment, Sgt Griffin said.

Mr Rochford will be sent for trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court when the book of evidence is ready.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said there was consent to this.

The court heard that free legal aid had been granted previously and this was extended to cover the new charge.

Mr Rochford did not address the court and has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

He was remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again next month.

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