DETECTIVES found a nail bar, large flathead screwdriver, three bolt cutters, pair of gloves and a glass-breaking hammer when they stopped a car in County Limerick, heard Kilmallock Court.
This emerged during a bail hearing of Kevin Power, aged 27, of Aos Cluan, Clarina.
Detective Garda Christopher Cowan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution. Mr Power is charged with handling stolen property and possessing articles with the intention that they be used in the course of, or in connection with a theft or burglary. Mr Power made no reply after caution.
The defendant’s solicitor, Darach McCarthy, applied for bail on behalf of his client. The State objected.
Det Garda Cowan objected, citing the seriousness of the charge.
“If convicted on indictment there is a prison sentence of up to five years,” said Det Garda Cowan. He told Judge Mary Larkin that he and Detective Garda Michael Reidy were on mobile patrol in Grange at 5pm on Thursday, January 22.
Their attention was drawn to a vehicle that was subsequently driven to “evade gardai”.
“It picked up speed and turned right suddenly,” alleged Det Garda Cowan.
After stopping the vehicle the court heard they found a nail bar, large flat head screwdriver, three bolt cutters, pair of gloves, glass-breaking hammer and a Honda generator.
Det Garda Cowan alleged the generator was stolen in Adare and has been identified by the owner.
“If he is granted bail I believe he will continue to engage in criminal activity,” said Det Cowan.
Mr McCarthy said Mr Power is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.
“He has a partner and three children. The youngest was born a week ago. His partner is ostensibly home alone with the children. There is no evidence before the court that my client would evade if given bail. He has the presumption of innocence,” said Mr McCarthy.
Judge Larkin granted Mr Power bail with a number of conditions. He is to sign on in Roxboro Road Garda Station three times a week; obey a curfew from 10pm to 8am; reside at a certain address; not to associate with two named individuals and provide a mobile phone number to gardai.
A co-accused, Jamie Daly, aged 23, of Lisheen Park, Patrickswell was charged with handling stolen property and possessing articles with the intention that they be used in the course of, or in connection with a theft or burglary.
Det Garda Reidy gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution to which Mr Daly made no reply. There was no State objection to bail subject to a number of conditions.