Kildare man acquitted of attempted burglary of Mario Rosenstock's home but found guilty of nearby burglary

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Kildare man acquitted of attempted burglary of Mario Rosenstock's home but found guilty of nearby burglary
20:20 Friday 19th of May 2017

A Kildare man has been found guilty of burgling an apartment in Dublin in September 2011, but has been acquitted of an attempted burglary charge relating to an incident in the home of celebrity comedian Mario Rosenstock, according to the Sunday World.

Thomas McCann(42) of Morristown Estate, Newbridge, had pleaded not guilty to both charges, but was found guilty of the burglary charge set against him that related to the theft of property from the Marentimo House apartments in Blackrock, close to Mr Rosenstock's home.

Mr Rosenstock's wife, Blathnaid, told the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that she returned home after collecting her son from montessori to find a tall slender man wearing white socks on both hands, a baseball hat and sunglasses on September 30 2011.

She phoned Gardaí as soon as the man left the scene on a mountain bike. He pertained to be a painter working in the area and was just checking to see if Mrs Rosenstock was OK.

Detective David Lestrange told the court  that no forensic evidence linking Mr McCann with either of the houses that were broken into was recovered by Gardaí.

Garda Deirdre O'Callaghan said that she found Mr McCann on Seapoint Avenue in possession of a Tesco shopping bag that contained a laptop and a Samsung phone, which matched items reportedly stolen from the Marentimo House apartment.

Mr McCann said that he found the items in a skip but was arrested at the scene.

McCann will be sentenced in relation to the burglary at Marentimo House by Judge Patricia Ryan in July.

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