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Pals arrested over theft of handcuffs in garda station

Jo Jo Dunne

Two teenage pals of a 20-year-old man who died after he was allegedly assaulted, were arrested shortly after his death when they attempted to steal equipment from inside a garda station.

The youths - aged 18 and 19 - were arrested in Naas Garda Station in Co Kildare where they were giving officers statements about the death of Joseph Jo Jo’ Dunne, who died last Friday night.

However, when they were in the station on Saturday morning, they gained access to an area they were unauthorised to be in and stole flexible batons and handcuffs.

The thefts were quickly spotted by gardai and the property was recovered. The teenagers were duly arrested and questioned about the theft before being released without charge.

A senior source told

“But while they were waiting they wandered into a few offices and stole garda equipment - the station was very busy at the time but the theft was noticed very quickly and the lads were arrested.”

Separately, a 42-year-old Hungarian man has appeared twice at the local district court in Naas in relation to the death of Joseph Dunne late last Friday night.

Zoltan Almasi, whose address was given as Harbour View House, Naas, appeared before Judge Desmond Zaidan at a special sitting of Naas District Court on Sunday afternoon.

He faces an allegation of assault causing harm to 
Joseph Dunne contrary to the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Almasi was remanded in custody and appeared again at the same court on Wednesday.


Last Friday’s incident took place off Basin Street and close to the Vie de Chateaux restaurant at the Grand Canal Harbour at around 10.20pm.

Gardai were called to the scene and they performed CPR.

Mr Dunne was taken to Naas Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later. It’s understood that a man was detained at the scene at around 10.30pm.

During the week, friends paid tribute on Facebook to Jo Jo’ who had enrolled in a FAS course earlier this year.