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Tadhg Francis, from Kilmartin Drive, Tallaght, charged with burglary.

Tadhg Francis, from Kilmartin Drive, Tallaght, charged with burglary.

Tadhg Francis, from Kilmartin Drive, Tallaght, charged with burglary.

AN ALLEGED burglary victim returned home to find his laptops and hard drives left under running water in the kitchen sink and the intruders still upstairs, a court has heard.

One of the alleged burglars, Tadhg Francis (21), is charged over the break-in in which more than €2,000 worth of damage was caused and jewellery to the value of €1,400 stolen.

The case against him was adjourned when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Francis, from Kilmartin Drive, Tallaght, Dublin, is charged with burglary - entering a building with intent to commit an offence.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident was alleged to have happened at St Anne's Terrace in Rathcoole, Co Dublin on June 5, 2018.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the DPP had directed summary disposal of the case at district court level subject to the judge considering the issue of jurisdiction.

Alarm

Outlining the prosecution's case, she told Judge Gerard Jones the householder received an alarm activation text on his mobile phone at 11.45am on the morning.

He was nearby at the time and it was alleged that when the man came home to investigate, he saw glass in the back patio door had been smashed.

Two laptops and hard drives had been placed into the sink and were left under running water, Sgt Callaghan said.

The man heard noises upstairs and realised the intruders were still there. One male came downstairs and they then fled the scene.

Items of jewellery worth a total of €1,435 were taken and damage to the value of €2,050 was caused in the incident, the court heard.

The prosecution would say Mr Francis was identified from CCTV footage.

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A file was sent to the DPP's office, which gave directions.

Judge Jones accepted jurisdiction, allowing the case to remain in the district court.

The accused has not yet entered a plea to the charge.

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