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Triple burglary case adjourned because accused 'cannot read or write'

August 2, 2018

ADJOURNED: The case was heard at Blackfriars Crown Court

A TRAVELLER accused of three burglaries had his criminal case held up because he could not read or write, a court heard.

Michael O'Leary, 43, of no fixed abode, is charged with three break ins across north London between November and February.

At Blackfriars Crown Court, Judge Michael Simon would not let the case proceed because O'Leary did not have a solicitor.

Judge Simon said: "Your solicitor is not here because you have not provided the information to him for your legal aid."

Speaking via a video link from HMP Pentonville, O'Leary replied: "I cannot read or write your honour."

BURGLARY: The first offence is said to have been at a home in Dartmouth Park Hill 

The Irish national is accused of burgling a home in Dartmouth Park Hill, in Highgate, on November 29 last year, when electrical and other items were stolen.

He is also charged with a burglary at a home in Trinder Road, Stroud Green, between January 25 and 29 when electrical items, jewellery and cash was stolen.

The third offence is said to have occurred between February 19 and 22 at an address in Plimsoll Road, near Arsenal, when work tools were taken.

O'Leary indicated he wished to plead guilty, but Judge Simon adjourned the case until later this month so legal representation could be arranged.

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