Burglaries at homes of elderly people attending Mass in Cork; Two men remanded in custody

Burglaries at homes of elderly people attending Mass in Cork; Two men remanded in custody
Two men were remanded in custody for a fortnight arising out of an investigation of burglaries targeted at the rural homes of elderly people going off to mass.

TWO men were remanded in custody for a fortnight arising out of an investigation of burglaries targeted at the rural homes of elderly people going off to mass.

Inspector Denis Lynch confirmed in the cases against Niall Fitzpatrick and Jerry O’Leary that the garda file had been completed and sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions on December 23.

Inspector Lynch was responding to complaints by the accused of an apparent lack of progress in the case while the accused were in custody.

Judge Olann Kelleher acceded to an application by the inspector to remand the two men in custody until January 23 to allow time directions from the DPP.

Judge Kelleher refused an application to have the two accused brought to Cork District Court in person rather than appearing by video link from prison as they did on Thursday.

The defendants are charged with carrying out a burglary at the home of a couple in their 80s living in North Cork.

61-year-old Jerry O’Leary of 12 Brandon Crescent, Dillons Cross, Cork, and Niall Fitzpatrick, 52, of Corrin Close, The Glen, are charged with entering a house as a trespasser to commit a theft at Freemount, Charleville, on Saturday, October 19.

Detective Sergeant Hugh Twomey of Mallow garda station previously state.

“In this incident, it is alleged that the burglary was carried out at the home of an elderly couple in their 80s at Freemount, Charleville.

“They were targeted by an organised criminal gang … This couple was targeted in the belief that large sums of cash and pension payments which were accrued (would be) in the house. The victims are the most vulnerable in society,” Det Sgt Twomey said.

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