Kildare man charged with handling stolen tools has case sent to Circuit Court

Change of mind on District Court hearing

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Kildare man charged with handling stolen tools has case sent to Circuit Court

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A 37-year-old Kildare man charged with handling stolen tools at his home address in west Kildare is now to be sent forward for trial to the Circuit Court after it was initially signalled he would be tried summarily in the District Court.

The State is alleging that Mark McDonagh, of 9 Ard Carraig, Clogherinkoe, was in possession of tools valued up to €20,000 on August 29, 2017.

Judge Desmond Zaidan was told on February 6 that it was alleged the owner identified the tools found at  Clogherinkoe after Gardai followed up adverts on the Done Deal website.

He was also told that day that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had opted to charge Mr McDonagh via a lesser summary charge, not via trial in the Circuit Court.

Judge Zaidan questioned this and adjourned the matter until March 20.

The Court heard February 6 that Mr McDonagh had denied the charges stating that he bought the tools at the market.

On March 20, David Powderly, solicitor for Mr McDonagh, said the charge was initially to be summary but was now going indictable.

Garda Sgt Jim Kelly said the DPP wanted a six week adjournment for the Book of Evidence to be prepared. The case is adjourned until May 15 for that.