Cork court: Elderly woman (83) woke to find intruders claiming to be gardaí

Cork court: Elderly woman (83) woke to find intruders claiming to be gardaí

The intruders stole over €2,700 from the elderly woman. 

An 83-year-old woman woke in her Cork city home to see two intruders telling her they were gardaí checking out burglaries in the area but they stole over €2,700 from her.

That was one of the allegations made against two men who have now been remanded in custody for a fortnight.

Sergeant John Kelleher said this time was needed in order to get directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Judge Olann Kelleher acceded to that application in the cases against 27-year-old Christopher Jones and 44-year-old Anthony Horgan, both of no fixed address.

Both men appeared by video link at Cork District Court following a garda investigation into a series of burglaries in the Tower Street area of Cork’s south side.

Jones and Horgan are both charged with five burglaries of houses on High Street, Frankfield Villas, O’Connor Ville and Tyrone Place in Cork, all on the night of April 16/17. 

They were also charged with a burglary of a house on Great William O’Brien Street on the city’s north side on April 9.

They are also charged with handling stolen property at the Spar Shop on Leitrim Street on April 17.

Horgan was further charged with two other offences, namely possession of a knife at Pope’s Quay in Cork city centre on April 17 and threatening to cause criminal damage to a window at Togher Garda Station on April 18th.

Garda Mark Leonard and Garda Keith Cahill arrested the two men. 

Detective Garda Padraig Harrington said that gardaí were objecting to bail for both men as they feared that they would commit further offences and would not stand trial if granted bail on the charges. 

He said the state would allege that in one case they woke up an 83-year-old woman sleeping in her downstairs bedroom and told her that they were gardaí and that they were checking out reports of burglaries in the area.

He said the state would allege that the accused asked the woman where she kept her money to check if it was okay and when the woman told them where she kept the cash, they stole €2,700 and £80 stg.

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