A CONCRETE block was thrown through the window of a Cork city centre pub in the course of a burglary, it was alleged today.
It was also alleged that the culprit did some drinking when he was in the pub in the early hours of the morning and took a few bottles of spirits with him when he left.
Garda Mairéad O’Sullivan objected to bail being granted to the accused man, Rodney Haynes, when he was arrested and brought before Cork District Court today.
Haynes, aged 50, who is presently living with Cork Simon Community, applied for bail but Judge Mary Cashin remanded him in custody until January 21 to allow time for the prosecution to obtain instructions from the Department of Public Prosecutions.
Garda O’Sullivan said the concrete block was put through the window of the pub in the early hours of November 8, 2019, when the premises was unoccupied.
As well as damage caused by the block being put through the window, Garda O’Sullivan alleged that further damage was caused to electronic cash registers on the counter, the total damage amounting to over €800.
It was alleged that CCTV footage showed a man drinking in the premises in the course of the burglary and taking alcohol away with him when he left.
The objection to bail was based on the seriousness of the charge and garda concerns that Haynes would not show up in court if granted bail.
Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said that Haynes had a drink problem but that this had stabilised recently and after a period spent living at home in the Shandon Street area he was now being accommodated at Simon.
Sergeant Gearóid Davis asked the defendant if his drink problem persisted and Haynes replied, “I am seeking help at the moment… I will obey any court conditions if I am given bail.”
Judge Cashin said that the night shelter accommodation the accused was getting at the moment was subject to Haynes not being drunk.
“I have no evidence he has done anything to ensure that. It is quite a serious charge.”
He is charged with burglary at The Linen Weaver, Carey’s Lane, Cork. The charge states that on November 18 he entered the building as a trespasser and committed the offence of theft.
The second charge under the Criminal Damage Act is one of causing damage to five electronic cash registers to the value of €225 and damage to glazing of €625.