Man charged with window blind deposits fraud to face trial

February 14, 2021

A DONEGAL man has been charged with 12 counts of alleged fraud.

A book of evidence has been served on Michael Cairns, also known as Michael Gallagher.

The offences relate to dates between April 2019 and December 2019 and involves a total amount of €11,699.

The accused (31) of Hillfoot House, Linsford, Buncrana, appeared for a brief hearing before Judge Paul Kelly at Buncrana District Court.

The largest amount was from November 2019 when the accused is charged with dishonestly by deception induced a person in Tuam to pay a €2,000 deposit for window blinds.

Most of the charges relate to similar offences with amounts including €1,600 from a person in Collooney, Co Sligo, in July 2019, €1,545 from a person in Tuam in December 2019, €1,500 from a woman in Malin in May 2019 and €1,000 from a woman in Glenties in November 2019.

The DPP has consented to the man being forwarded for trial to the next sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court, which commences in April.

Garda Brady gave evidence of serving the book of evidence on the man.

Judge Kelly administered the alibi warning and granted legal aid to Mr Frank Murphy and assigned one counsel.

Bail was granted with the accused to sign on at a Garda station every second week.