Man denies possessing stolen monkey

Wednesday 24 July 2013 23.02
The monkey in question is a marmoset, similar to the one pictured above
The monkey in question is a marmoset, similar to the one pictured above

A 28-year-old Dublin man is to go on trial in November for possessing a stolen monkey and a stun gun.

Paul Murtagh of Birchdale Park, Kinsealy, Co Dublin, and Lighthouse Apartments, East Wall, Dublin 1, denies possession of "one common South American Marmoset" worth €1,500.

He allegedly had the animal at Ravensdale Road, East Wall, on 1 October last year.

Mr Murtagh, who has been remanded on continuing bail, has also pleaded not guilty to a charge for unlawful possession of a stun gun at Marlborough Place, Dublin 1, on 27 October 2009.

He was originally due to face trial at Dublin District Court on 17 January, but the hearing could not go ahead then because a garda ballistics expert required to give evidence in relation to the alleged stun gun seizure was not available to give evidence.

An adjournment was granted and the case was listed again today before Judge Ann Watkin, who ordered that Mr Murtagh's hearing take place in November.