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Court appearance Three members of one family charged over €20K jewellery theft from home of woman (78)

The court heard gardai mounted an intelligence-led operation after receiving intelligence relating to a gold-coloured Mercedes.

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Martin Wall leaving Tallaght district court

Martin Wall leaving Tallaght district court

Martin Wall leaving Tallaght district court

THREE men appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with the burglary of €20,000 worth of jewellery from the home of a 78-year-old woman.

Edward Wall (49) of Fortunestown Crescent, Tallaght, his brother Martin Wall (42) of Woodbine House, Pollardstown, Co. Kildare and their nephew John Wall (20) of Fortunestown Crescent were each charged with one count of burglary contrary to section 12 of the Theft and Fraud Offences Act.

All three face sentences, if convicted on indictment, of up to 14 years in prison.

Tallaght District Court heard the trio were arrested at 6.25pm on Friday evening at Mackintosh Park, Dun Laoghaire following an intelligence-led garda operation.

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Edward Wall leaving Tallaght district court

Edward Wall leaving Tallaght district court

Edward Wall leaving Tallaght district court

In relation to Edward Wall, evidence was heard from an officer assigned to the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau that he was transferred to Dundrum Garda station following his arrest where he was detained.

At 3.36 pm yesterday, he was charged with the offence of burglary.

He made no reply to the charge and was handed a true copy of the charge sheet.

Gardai said they were objecting to bail under section 2 of the Bail Act and under the O’Callaghan rules.

Objections put forward by gardai included the seriousness of the charge which is punishable on indictment by a sentence of up to 14 years in prison and the evidence gathered by gardai in relation to the offence.

The court heard gardai mounted an intelligence led operation after receiving intelligence relating to a gold-coloured Mercedes.

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John Wall leaving Tallaght district court

John Wall leaving Tallaght district court

John Wall leaving Tallaght district court

The court heard it would be alleged that officers were monitoring this vehicle when it stopped at Watson Road in Killiney on Friday evening.

The court heard it will be alleged two men then exited the vehicle and entered a property.

Lights were subsequently observed moving around in the downstairs of the property.

Evidence was heard the men then emerged and got back into the vehicle.

The court heard the vehicle was stopped by gardai and the five occupants arrested.

Gardai said a burglary was confirmed to have occurred at the address the men had entered and jewellery to the value of €20,000 taken.

Gardai said a 78-year-old woman was present at the time.

The court heard Edward Wall was one of the five men arrested.

The court was also informed that following his arrest, Edward Wall told gardai that he had tested positive for Covid 19 on the morning of his arrest.

In seeking bail, defence solicitor Lorraine Stephens said her client would be willing to abide by any conditions set down by the court.

She also noted no jewellery was recovered from the vehicle when it was stopped.

The court was informed that gardai will allege the jewellery was thrown from the vehicle prior to the arrests being.

Bail was refused and Edward Wall was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court by video link on February 26th.

An application for legal aid was adjourned after gardai requested that a statement of means be provided to the court.

Martin Wall (42) appeared in court next following a brief break during which a cleaning crew sanitised the court room.

The court heard Martin Wall was arrested after the gold Mercedes vehicle was stopped by gardai at Mackintosh Park.

Evidence was given of arrest, charge and caution.

The court heard Martin Wall charged with the offence of burglary at Dundrum Garda station at 3.33 pm yesterday.

He made no reply.

Again a request for bail was refused after gardai objected to this based on the seriousness of the charge and on the basis of the evidence gathered by gardai.

He was remanded to appear before Cloverhill District Court on February 26.

A request for legal aid was again adjourned to allow for a statement of means to be furnished to the court.

Following a second break in proceedings to sanitise the court room, 20-year-old John Wall appeared in court.

The court heard John Wall is a nephew of the two previous accused and that he was arrested after gardai stopped the gold Mercedes at Mackintosh Park.

Garda charged John Wall with the offence of burglary at Dun Laoghaire garda station at 3.08 pm yesterday.

He made no reply to the charge after caution.

Again gardai objected to bail on the basis of the seriousness of the charge and the evidence gathered by gardai.

In support of his application for bail, Wall’s defence solicitor Mr. Ruane said his client was a newly-wed whose wife was pregnant and who needed her husband at home.

Bail was granted in the defendant’s own bond in the sum of €1,000 together with two independent sureties of €500.

He was remanded in custody with consent to bail on a number of conditions including that he obey a curfew of 10 pm to 7 am and sign on daily at a named garda station.

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