Cork teen told court that burglary was not a serious offence

Cork teen told court that burglary was not a serious offence

The teen was accused of burglary at sheds at the back of two houses and stealing a motorbike

A TEENAGER accused of burglary at sheds at the back of two houses and stealing a motorbike from one of them said in his bail application today that the charges were not that serious.

Jamie Russell, aged 18, was being cross-examined by Sergeant Gearóid Davis who said the two alleged burglary offences were serious matters at Cork District Court.

Russell replied, “I wouldn’t think it is a serious offence.” 

Judge Olann Kelleher told the defendant the alleged offences were serious.

However, after hearing evidence from the prosecution and from the defendant the judge said that he would grant bail to the young man on strict conditions.

Russell of 9 Presentation Close, Gurranabraher, was remanded on bail on condition that he would abide by a curfew to be at home between 10pm and 6am, provide gardaí with his mobile number and be contactable at all times, sign daily at Gurranabraher garda station and stay away from the Wellington Road, Military Road, St. Luke’s area.

Judge Kelleher remanded him on bail on those conditions until December 17 to allow time for directions to be obtained.

Eddie Burke defence solicitor said both allegations related to going into a shed with two other young men, both of whom had been released.

Garda John Barry objected to bail being granted to Jamie Russell on two burglary charges where it was alleged that the accused and two others burgled sheds at two properties on Military Hill and that in the second location a motorbike was stolen.

Garda Barry said that three young men were seen pushing the motorbike up the road and trying to hotwire it to get it going.

Asked if he would turn up in court if granted bail, Jamie Russell replied, “100 per cent I will turn up in court. I won’t commit no offences. I am 19 next month, I am after growing up in a big way.”

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