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Man accused of burgling apartment and getting into a "wrestling match" with owner pleads not guilty

Michael Kennedy pleaded not guilty

Michael Kennedy pleaded not guilty

Andrew Phelan

A MAN accused of burgling an apartment and getting into a "wrestling match" with the owner when challenged has pleaded not guilty.

Michael Kennedy (52) is alleged to have been identified as the burglar when DNA from clothing left at the scene matched his.

Mr Kennedy, of Méile an Rí Drive, Balgaddy, Lucan, is charged with burglary - entering a building as a trespasser with intent to commit a theft.

The offence is alleged to have happened at a neighbouring apartment at Méile an Rí Drive on January 9, 2019.

When the case came before Blanchardstown District Court, defence solicitor William Cadogan indicated a not guilty plea and sought a date for hearing.


Judge Gerard Jones adjourned the case to March next year.

Previously, Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said it was alleged the accused entered the apartment at 4.10am, without the consent of the owner-occupier.

It was alleged he gained entry by forcing open a back window.

Sgt Callaghan said the householder awoke and challenged the accused, which resulted in a "wrestling match".

According to the prosecution, Mr Kennedy managed to break free and fled but left behind clothing he had been wearing. Nobody was injured, the court heard.

In forensic tests, a DNA sample was taken from the clothing left at the scene. The accused was subsequently arrested and his DNA sample matched, it was alleged.

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