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Michael Dunne is charged with attacking the statues

Michael Dunne is charged with attacking the statues

Michael Dunne is charged with attacking the statues

A man accused of vandalising two Dublin statues of singer Luke Kelly in separate paint attacks has had the cases against him adjourned.

Michael Dunne (47) was remanded on continuing bail in his absence at Dublin District Court.

He was not required to be present and both cases were put back to dates next month for the DPP's directions to be given.

Mr Dunne, with an address at Sophia Housing Project in Sean McDermott Street in the north inner city, is accused of criminal damage to the Luke Kelly memorial statue at Guild Street in the docklands on July 12.

Separately, he is charged with causing criminal damage to another statue of the former Dubliners singer at South King Street, near St Stephen's Green, on June 23.

When the Guild Street case came before Judge Bryan Smyth yesterday, a garda sergeant said the DPP's directions were being sought and requested a four-week adjournment, to October 7.

Jenny McGeever, defending, consented to this and asked if Mr Dunne should be in court on that date.

Judge Smyth said she should liaise with the gardaí as it was not known yet what the directions were going to be.

In another court, Judge Michael Walsh granted an adjournment in Mr Dunne's absence on the other charge,to October 27.

Previously, Garda David Kelly said the docklands statue was damaged by blue spray paint.

In that incident, it was alleged the accused was seen on CCTV in the area for a period before the incident and returning to his home. He was seen entering his apartment complex, wearing clothing matching that of the person who damaged to the statue, gardaí alleged.

The footage showing the damage being caused was of "very good quality" and had been viewed by a community garda who identified Mr Dunne, Gda Kelly said.

Seized

In a search of the accused's address, clothing seized was an "exact match" for that worn by the person who committed the offence, the garda said.

Ms McGeever had said the proposed evidence was that her client was seen in the general area, but he did not live "a million miles away".

Mr Dunne would say the clothing that was seized was not a match for what was seen on the footage, she said.

In the other case, Garda Sean Scully alleged the accused cycled up to the South King Street statue and threw paint over it.

CCTV "tracked" him leaving his home with a bag that gardaí believed to contain the paint and cycling across the city, gardaí alleged.

He could be seen cycling south over the Samuel Beckett Bridge and as far as the scene of the incident. Mr Dunne was also allegedly captured going back over to the north side of the Liffey and returning to his address on the same bicycle.

In this footage he did not have the bag he originally left his home with as he was seen discarding it, the garda said.

Ms McGeever said Mr Dunne denied the allegations.

He was granted bail in both cases despite Garda objections.

The court heard the two statues had been damaged eight times in the last year and enquiries were being made on the other six incidents.

Herald