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Monday 4 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C

Four men charged over car boot incident told to stay away from Stoneybatter

The incident occurred yesterday on Harold Road in Dublin 7.

FOUR MEN HAVE appeared in court today on charges relating to an incident that happened on Harold Road in Dublin 7 on Monday morning.

The four have been charged with offences under section 15 of the criminal justice theft and fraud offences act.

Derek Duffy of no fixed address, Gary Ledden of 21 Oriel Street, Gary Murphy of 96 Church Road, and Gerard Black with an address at 22c Killarney Court, Dublin 1, have all been granted bail are are set to appear before the court again on 11 May.

They are each required to pay a bond of €250 and have all been given curfews to remain at their stated addresses between 12 midnight and 7 am. They have also been prevented from going into the Stoneybatter area except to consult with their solicitors or to attend court.

An exception was made for Derek Duffy in this regard in that he is allowed to enter the Dublin 7 area while conducting his business as a taxi driver.

Bail conditions for each of the men also specified that they are not to associate with each other before appearing before the court again.

An objection was raised to this by the counsel for Ledden, who stated that he and Murphy were lifelong friends and that it would be difficult for them not to associate with each other.

In response to this Judge Patrick Clyne asked, “they haven’t entered into a civil partnership or anything?”, before stating that the condition that they would not associate with each other would stand.

The four men were being held at Mountjoy and Store Street Garda stations.

They were arrested as part of an operation by gardaí in the Organised Crime and National Drugs Units.

Read: Men found in car boot suspected of planning to commit robbery

Also: A man was robbed by another man dressed as a woman and carrying a handgun