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Friday 6 December 2019

Man sent for trial accused of handling 10 stolen gas boilers

Luke O’Farrell is also charged with handling stolen laptops
Luke O’Farrell is also charged with handling stolen laptops

A Dublin man has been sent for trial accused of handling 10 stolen gas boilers in the west of the city.

Luke O'Farrell (36) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared be- fore Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh sent him forward for trial to Trim Circuit Court.

Mr O'Farrell, with an address at Loftus Square, Rathfarn- ham, is charged with handling stolen property - 10 Ideal 24 boilers.

The offence is alleged to have happened at the Maxol service station on the N3 at Mulhuddart on December 16, 2017.

He is also charged with handling three stolen Lenovo Thinkpad laptops at Loftus Square on the same date.

Alibi

The court heard the Director of Public Prosecutions had previously directed trial on indictment on the charges.

Mr O'Farrell's case was back before the court for the service of a book of evidence.

The DPP was consenting to the accused being sent forward for trial to the current sittings of Trim Circuit Court in Co Meath.

The book of evidence was ready and was served on the accused.

Judge McHugh gave Mr O'Farrell the formal notice that he must provide details of any alibi he intends to rely on to the prosecution within 14 days.

He said the accused's solicitor, Luke Staines, would explain to him what was involved.

The judge also ordered the prosecution to furnish the defence with copies of the accused's garda interview video.

Mr O'Farrell was remanded on bail under existing conditions.

He was not required to address the court during the brief hearing.

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