TWO young female students were forced to lock themselves in a bedroom when two men broke into their Limerick home at the weekend.
Two men, who were arrested shortly after the burglary, appeared before a special court sitting on Sunday and yesterday gardai opposed a bail application made by one of the defendants.
Anthony O’Donovan, aged 27, who has an address at Aherlow Close, Old Cratloe Road and Kenneth Sheehan, aged 28, of no fixed abode, each face two charges relating to the incident which happened at Windmill Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Opposing a bail application made by Mr Sheehan, Detective Garda Brendan Stokes alleged the defendants entered the house armed with a golf club.
He said having been alerted to the commotion the female students “took refuge and locked themselves in a bedroom” before contacting gardai.
Judge Marian O’Leary was told gardai were quickly on the scene and he alleged the defendants were observed fleeing from the house on foot.
Both were arrested a short time later and made “certain admissions” while in custody.
Det Garda Stokes said the defendant faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted and fears he will not abide by any conditions if released.
In his evidence, Mr Sheehan accepted he is addicted to heroin but said he will make efforts to “kick the habit” if released.
Refusing bail, Judge O’Leary commented that what is alleged to have happened to the young students was “very frightening”.
Separately, Mr O’Donovan was granted limited bail to allow him attend his brother’s wedding at the weekend.