Men tampered with ESB meter in Maynooth

A local district court judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of two men who had tampered with the electricity meter in their house.

A local district court judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of two men who had tampered with the electricity meter in their house.

Zainab Anderson and Djilali Ammak lived at 55 Kingsbry, Maynooth and faced charges, brought by the ESB at the sitting of Kilcock District Court last Tuesday, May 15. Neither turned up to face the charges.

A representative from ESB Networks gave evidence that the pair had inserted a metal object into the meter which interfered with the meter in such a way that their daily consumption of electricity was so low that it alerted the attention of the ESB.

It was estimated that by the time they were caught in April 2010, they owed the ESB €1510.25 in loss of earnings.

However they did not meet with representatives of the ESB when invited to, and they did not turn up in court last Tuesday.

Judge Desmond Zaidan felt that the matter should be subject to further charges.

“These guys have shown a total disregard. It’s not just the theft, it’s a matter of criminal damage,” he said, adding that it was “very dangerous.”

“You should also get the gardai involved,” he told the solicitor appearing on behalf of the DPP, Seamus Boyle.

“It could have been a lot worse. You do not mess with electricity. This is reckless endangerment,” he said, explaining that there “could have been a power surge”.

He felt there were significant safety concerns.