A BOOK of evidence was served on a man charged with burgling the home of a couple in their eighties as the accused declared today, “I’m innocent of this.”
John Faulkner, aged 37, also said under cross-examination by Sergeant John Kelleher at an unsuccessful bail application in Cork District Court, “I know nothing about this.”
Detective Sgt Hugh Twomey alleged Mr Faulkner was one of a gang targeting elderly people at Mass on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings in the belief that the pensioners had large quantities of cash at home from saved pension money.
“They were not opportunist, they were planned and co-ordinated,” Det Sgt Twomey said.
John Faulkner, of 4 Adelaide Place, St Luke’s, Cork, said through his solicitor, Pat Horan, that he could live with his wife at an address in Greenfields Park, Ballyvolane, Cork, if granted bail.
Judge Olann Kelleher refused bail and sent the accused forward from Cork District Court to the next sessions of Cork Circuit Criminal Court commencing next week.
Mr Faulkner was sent forward for trial by jury on a charge of burglary at Freemount, Charleville, on Saturday, October 19.
He also faces a charge of causing criminal damage and reckless endangerment at Banteer. It was alleged by Det Sgt Twomey that Mr Faulkner drove away from Freemount at speed and crashed in Banteer.
It was alleged by the detective that Mr Faulkner remained in the car — a Ford Focus — when two accomplices went to the house and that he drove off when they were arrested at the scene.
Mr Horan said in reference to allegations of a criminal gang or group that there was no charge against the defendant for membership of a criminal organisation of any kind.