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Old man's heart medicine stolen during break-in

AN ELDERLY householder with a heart condition was left "highly stressed" after a man allegedly broke into his house and stole his mobile phone and heart medication -- and then tried to break in again three days later.

Francis Maguire was allegedly confronted by the householder after he heard him trying to prise open a downstairs window with a screwdriver.

Detectives claimed that the victim got "a good look" at Maguire.

Maguire, of Sundale Avenue, Tallaght, appeared before Dublin District Court charged with two counts of burglary, as well as handling stolen property, possession of articles and attempted burglary.

Gardai objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the offences, which carry a maximum sentence of five years.

Detective Garda Ciaran O'Neill said it is alleged Maguire broke into a house at Westbourne Lodge, Knocklyon, on August 16, ransacked it and stole a large number of items, including a Nintendo DS, worth €169.

Phone

It is also alleged Maguire broke into a house at Delaford Drive, Knocklyon, shortly before 10am on August 19.

Garda O'Neill said the elderly owner was upstairs at the time, and when he came downstairs he discovered a Nokia mobile phone, worth €100, and his heart medication was missing.

It is alleged Maguire returned to the house on August 22, and was confronted by the elderly owner while he was using a screwdriver to prise open a window.

Garda O'Neill said the man was highly stressed by the incident, though Maguire was not aggressive towards him.

The court also heard the victim later picked Maguire out of a selection of photographs.

Defence solicitor Tony Collier said Maguire, an unemployed man with several children, enjoyed the presumption of innocence.

He also said the evidence against his client is based purely on identification evidence, which can be unreliable.

Judge Denis McLoughlin refused bail and remanded the defendant in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday.

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