Accused sent to higher court on signed plea to 52 charges

Kilmallock District Court

A MAN who has pleaded guilty to 52 charges under the Fraud and Theft Offences Act has been sent forward to the Limerick Circuit Court on signed guilty pleas.

John Campbell (28), with an address at Remar Recovery House in Coalbrook, Thurles, is alleged to have obtained goods and services from Limerick businesses to the value of more than €30,000 between September 2018 and January 22.

Among the charges is unlawful taking of a car worth €14,800 from a car dealership. The vehicle has since been recovered.

Other charges relate to items and services which Mr Campbell is alleged to have obtained in person and online through use of a fake phone app and other methods.

Involved in the charges are goods including tools, petrol, farming equipment, phones, and services including meals at restaurants.

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When he appeared before Kilmallock District Court, Judge Patricia Harney signed to order to send him to the higher court and allowed bail, based on conditions already set out by the High Court, including that he reside at the address given.

She assigned legal aid for one solicitor and one junior council to represent Campbell in the Circuit Court when the case is next listed.