District Court hears Gardaí believed one name was used by a number of people

“A message has to be sent out” says Judge Kilrane after glass attack

Judge Kevin Kilrane has sought clarification on a name Gardai believe has been used to record convictions for a variety of people around the country.

Vasile Muntean, 4 Beechgrove, Dundrum, Tipperary is charged with exhibiting a false insurance disc at Glancy’s SuperValu, Carrick-on-Shannon on April 21, 2017.

Six other road traffic offences were struck out.

When previous convictions were queried, Inspector Denis Harrington said there is a “problem with the man’s name.” Gardai are unsure of Vasile Muntean's link to the name Ruso Muntean.

According to Gardai, a number of people have given the name Ruso Muntean and received convictions around the country, Inspector Harrington “can't clarify to the court” if Vasile Muntean had previous convictions under the name Ruso Muntean.
The defendant has two previous convictions under his own name.

Ruso Muntean has 26 convictions from different places around the country. His photo was not taken at the time of his charges, the court heard.

Solicitor Laura Spellman told the court her client understood that these matters had been clarified.

Judge Kilrane said he had an application in chambers the morning of court, which he could not comment on.

He adjourned the case for further clarification until September 18, 2018.

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