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Friday 17 August 2018

Man accused of tampering with meters

A MAN is facing trial for allegedly tampering with ESB and gas meters.

James McLoughlin (41) was charged with 12 separate offences when he appeared before Dublin District Court.

Judge Michael Walsh remanded him on bail for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr McLoughlin, with an address at Summer Street South, Dubin 8, is charged with four counts of possession of stolen gas meters.

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He is also charged with five counts of unlawful interference with gas and ESB meters and three of causing criminal damage to them.

All 12 charges related to alleged incidents on dates between July 2013 and February 2014 at locations in Dublin.

Det Gda Dave Ennis said in evidence that he arrested the accused for the purpose of charge at 10.25am yesterday. He made no reply to any of the charges after caution.

The detective said he was applying to have two existing charges of criminal damage withdrawn and struck out.

A state solicitor said the DPP was directing trial on indictment, which means the case will be sent for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

She requested an adjournment for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Defence solicitor Tracey Horan said the accused was consenting to this. Judge Walsh granted bail and free legal aid on the new charges and adjourned the case to October 22.

No details of the alleged offences have been disclosed. The defendant did not speak during yesterday's brief hearing.

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