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Saturday 21 July 2018

Mum 'arrested at cash-for-gold shop with €50k of jewellery', court told

Gardai probe (stock picture)
Gardai probe (stock picture)

Gardai caught a mother-of-one "red-handed" as she walked into a cash-for-gold shop with a bag filled with more than €50,000 worth of stolen jewellery, it has been alleged.

Kathleen Kiely (30) is alleged to have had the bag when she was arrested by gardai investigating the theft of around €250,000 worth of jewellery in a burglary.

A court heard the driver of the car she went to the scene with, Michael Maughan (23), was also arrested and both were charged with having stolen property.

Judge Gerry Jones refused to grant them bail at Dublin District Court.

Ms Kiely, of Lymington Avenue, London, and Mr Maughan, from Hazel Hills, Tallaght, were both remanded in custody for a week.

Detective Garda Aidan Carroll said Ms Kiely made no reply to the charge after caution.

She was caught "red-handed" carrying a bag containing €50,000 worth of jewellery, as she walked into the premises on Main Street, Tallaght, on January 25 last year, Det Gda Carroll said.

Objecting to bail, he told Judge Jones the jewellery was the proceeds of a burglary.

Det Gda Carroll said the total value of property stolen in the burglary could be more than €250,000.

FLIGHT

Ms Kiely told him she had been in the country for three days and had a flight booked to leave. He feared she would abscond if granted bail.

Asked if he believed Ms Kiely knew the whereabouts of the remaining jewellery, the garda replied: "My suspicion is that she would."

Defence barrister Donal Pattison said there was no evidence Ms Kiely would not turn up in court. He said she was "terrified" at the prospect of being in custody. She was prepared to live at an address in Ireland or in the UK and she gave evidence that she would abide by conditions.

A friend said Ms Kiely could stay at her address in Crumlin.

Judge Jones said he had no choice but to refuse bail. Ms Kiely broke down in tears and begged: "Please don't do this."

Det Gda Redmond O'Leary said Mr Maughan also made no reply to the charge.

He said Mr Maughan was allegedly seen driving a Volkswagen Golf. A woman passenger alighted from the car and made her way into the cash-for-gold shop on Main Street.

It was alleged Mr Maughan was in this woman's company and was found in possession of two kilos of gold jewellery.

Mr Maughan ran and was arrested after a chase on foot.

BURGLARY

In excess of €100,000 worth of jewellery from the burglary had been recovered. The outstanding jewellery included over €50,000 worth of pearls.

The garda believed Mr Maughan was aware of the location of the outstanding jewellery and would dispose of it if granted bail.

There had been a number of armed gardai as well as surveillance officers at the scene, Det Gda O'Leary said.

Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan said Mr Maughan had said nothing about knowing where the jewellery was.

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