Two in court over burglary of Conor McGregor's pub

Gardaí arrested Charles Darcy, 33, of Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot and Jason Paget, 34, from John Field Road, Dublin 8, in the early hours of August 12th.
Two in court over burglary of Conor McGregor's pub

Tom Tuite

A man accused of ransacking a pub recently bought by UFC star Conor McGregor has been sent forward for trial.

Gardaí arrested Charles Darcy, 33, of Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot and Jason Paget, 34, from John Field Road, Dublin 8, in the early hours of August 12th.

They were charged with burglary and criminal damage of the Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh, in Dublin.

They had initially been refused bail but were successful and released following a subsequent hearing.

The case was listed again at Dublin District Court on Thursday when Mr Darcy was served with a book of evidence.The Director of Public Prosecutions directed trial on indictment.

Judge Patricia Cronin told Mr Darcy he was being returned for trial to appear at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on January 28th.

She warned he must notify gardaí if he intended to use an alibi, and she ordered gardaí to furnish copies of video interviews to the defence.

Legal aid was granted.

The co-defendant is to appear at the district court next week.

At their first hearing, on August 13th, it was held that the case should go forward to the circuit court, which has tougher sentencing power.

The court heard Mr Darcy made no reply when gardaí charged him.

Garda Brendan D'Arcy and Garda Sean Magee alleged that officers at Sundrive Road station learned about a burglary in progress at 3.23 am at the Marble Arch.

On arrival, they saw two males, one masked, attempting to carry a cash register containing €800 out of the pub before they fled.

A car was outside, and the doors had been "forced open". It was alleged there was an attempt to remove the till and bring it out through the broken shutters, Garda D'Arcy had said.

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