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Brothers charged over €50k tool find

Brothers charged over €50k tool find

TWO brothers have appeared in court charged in relation to the seizure of more than €50,000 worth of tools and equipment which was allegedly stolen in the UK and destined to be sold on the black market here.

The industrial power tools and gardening machinery were discovered in two vehicles, one of which was also allegedly stolen, at Dublin Port on Saturday evening.

Jason O’Donoghue (38) of Toreen, Bothar na Mona Road in Thurles, Co Tipperary, and Darren O’Donoghue (29), of Croke Gardens in Thurles, Co Tipperary, appeared before Judge John Cheatle at Dublin District Court this morning.

Jason O’Donoghue was charged with handling stolen property, while Darren was charged with handling stolen property, being in possession of false registration plates, and allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle.

The court heard that both men made no comment when charged at Irishtown garda station.

Both men were granted bail on agreed conditions that they reside at the addresses they supplied; obey a curfew from 10pm to 7am; sign on daily at Thurles Garda station; do not associate with each other; and provide a mobile phone number to gardai on which they can be contacted 24 hours a day.

Neither man claims to have a passport so they were ordered not to apply for one and not to travel outside the jurisdiction.

Each man also had to pay a €500 cash surety.

Both men applied for legal aid which was objected to by gardai on the basis that they believe each accused has access to large sums of cash and were both found in possession of upwards of 150 items worth at least €50,000.

Legal aid was not granted and both men were released on bail to appear at Dublin District Court again on June 26.