Man accused of €5k damage to ex's house
A MAN has been accused of trashing his then-girlfriend's house during an argument, allegedly causing "extensive damage" worth more than €5,000.
Stephen Kiely (40) is accused of smashing floors and furniture, pulling out a fireplace and cutting electrical cables to appliances in an alleged incident at the home of his former partner.
The case against him was adjourned at Blanchardstown district court.
Judge David McHugh ruled that the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level after hearing an outline of the allegations.
Mr Kiely, with an address at the time at Oldbridge Park, Lucan, is charged with eight counts of criminal damage at that address on June 9, 2013.
It is alleged that he damaged a TV, fireplace, two-seater couch, wooden floor and assorted furnishings worth €4,200.
He is further charged with causing €350 worth of damage to a mobile phone and passport.
An ironing board, hair dryer and GHD worth €203 were allegedly damaged, as were photo frames and wicker baskets worth €70, a barbecue worth €150, ensuite bathroom door and bath mat worth €250.
A state solicitor said the DPP was consenting to the case being dealt with in the district court, subject to Judge McHugh accepting jurisdiction to deal with it.
Outlining the prosecution's case, Sgt Maria Callaghan said the incident allegedly took place at 6am, when the accused had an argument with his then-partner.
"It is alleged that he caused extensive damage to the interior of the house," the sergeant said.
She listed some of the alleged damage, including the cutting of electrical cables to the TV and other appliances.
It was also alleged that he pulled the fireplace away from the wall.
The total estimated cost of the damage on six of the eight charges was over €5,000.
The remaining two charges related to a microwave oven, radio, dining room chairs, mirrors, clock, bannisters and hoover, with no estimated value yet.
Judge McHugh said he was refusing jurisdiction in the case, meaning that it is to be sent for jury trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
The judge added that it was "now over to the DPP to consider her position".
He adjourned the case to a date in October "to hear how the DPP intends to proceed" and remanded the accused on bail.