Nine men charged in connection with looting in Tallaght

One man charged with theft of €50 of groceries, another with theft of light bulbs and shoe insoles

David Bernie (36) from Suncroft Park, Tallaght, who was charged with trespassing and causing criminal damage at the Centra Store, on Kiltalown Way, in Tallaght on Friday night. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

David Bernie (36) from Suncroft Park, Tallaght, who was charged with trespassing and causing criminal damage at the Centra Store, on Kiltalown Way, in Tallaght on Friday night. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Nine men were charged in connection with two separate incidents of burglary of stores in Tallaght, west Dublin on Friday evening.

Six men were charged with offences relating to the burglary of a Lidl store, on Fortunestown Lane, Citywest, and all were granted bail.

John Kelly (47) from Allen Hall, Belgard Square, Tallaght, was charged with handling stolen property from the store, at a special sitting at the Criminal Courts of Justice on Saturday.

The court heard Kelly was recently widowed, and looked after his two sons, who were aged 16 and 21. He was granted bail on “stringent conditions”.

Paul Freeman (43), with an address on Russell Green, Tallaght, was arrested on Fortunestown Lane, and charged with trespassing in the grounds of the Lidl store with the intent to commit an offence.

The court heard that after he was read his charge sheet, he told gardaí: “I wasn’t there to be stealing or robbing anything, I have my own house. I don’t need to rob anything.”

When asked about his income by Mr Justice John O’Connor, Mr Freeman replied “social welfare, disability”.

Edger Cesynas, a 24-year old from Lithuania, of Silken Park Drive, Citywest, was charged with the theft of groceries worth €50 from Lidl. Garda Fiona Morgan told the court there was no objection to granting Mr Cesynas bail, but he should be required to sign in to Tallaght Garda Station twice a week.

Edger Cesynas of Silken Park Drive, Citywest, was charged with the theft of groceries worth €50 from Lidl. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times
Edger Cesynas of Silken Park Drive, Citywest, was charged with the theft of groceries worth €50 from Lidl. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Povilas Gneizevicius (20), also a Lithuanian national, with an address at St Mochta’s Drive, Clonsilla, was charged with possession of stolen groceries worth €60. He had a second charge of theft from the Lidl store.

Povilas Gneizevicius (20), St Mochta’s Drive, Clonsilla, was charged with possession of stolen groceries worth €60. He had a second charge of theft from the Lidl store. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times
Povilas Gneizevicius (20), St Mochta’s Drive, Clonsilla. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

He was granted bail on the condition he stay away from the Dublin 24 area, and sign in at Blanchardstown Garda Station three times a week.

Gerard Buggle (38) of Mac Uilliam Lane, Tallaght, was charged with the theft of goods worth €70 from Lidl, which included LED lights, four packets of tealights, and running shoe insoles.

Gerard Buggle (38) of Mac Uilliam Lane, Tallaght, was charged with the theft of goods worth €70 from Lidl. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times
Gerard Buggle (38) of Mac Uilliam Lane, Tallaght, was charged with the theft of goods worth €70 from Lidl. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Keith Kelly (46) of Suncroft Park, Tallaght, was charged with trespassing on the grounds of the Lidl store, with intent to commit an offence.

Keith Kelly (46) of Suncroft Park, Tallaght, was charged with trespassing on the grounds of the Lidl store, with intent to commit an offence. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times
Keith Kelly (46) of Suncroft Park, Tallaght. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Another three men were charged in connection to the burglary of a Centra Store, on Kiltalown Way, in Tallaght on Friday night.

Mohammed Smew (25) of Milners Square, Santry, was charged with possession of a weapon, and causing criminal damage while trespassing.

Mohammed Smew (25) of Milners Square, Santry, who was charged with possession of a weapon, and causing criminal damage while trespassing. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill
Mohammed Smew (25) of Milners Square, Santry was charged with possession of a weapon, and causing criminal damage while trespassing. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Mr Justice John O’Connor refused a bail application, and remanded Mr Smew in custody until a sitting of the Cloverhill District Court on March 8th.

John Doyle (37), of Russell Walk, Russell Square, Tallaght, was charged with trespassing and causing criminal damage in the Centra store.

Members of the Garda Public Order unit give a push from the snow to the car carrying Mohammed Snew, who was remanded in custody leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice, in Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Members of the Garda Public Order unit give a push from the snow to the car carrying Mohammed Snew, who was remanded in custody leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice, in Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

David Bernie (36) from Suncroft Park, Tallaght, was also charged with trespassing and causing criminal damage in the store.

Shouting in the courtroom, Mr Bernie said, “we are not the ones who broke into that shop and CCTV will prove that”.

Both Mr Doyle and Mr Bernie were refused bail, ahead of respective court hearings on March 8th.

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