FOUR County Limerick men were granted bail after they appeared in court charged with breaking into the rural cottage where the bodies of Thomas Ruttle and Julia Holmes were discovered in May.
Patrick Harty, aged 33, of Churchview, Askeaton; Michael Harty, aged 25, of Lismakeera, Askeaton; Willie Harty, aged 19, of Moig South, Askeaton and Michael Harty,aged 19, of Main Street Askeaton are each charged with burglary at the home of the late Thomas Ruttle at Boolagass, Askeaton on a date between May 17 and May 18, last.
The badly decomposed bodies of 63-year-old Thomas Ruttle and his partner, convicted fraudster 56-year-old Julia Holmes, were found in an upstairs bedroom of the farmhouse where they lives during the early hours of May 18, last.
Gardaí believe the couple had been dead for some time prior to the discovery of their bodies and it is understood gardai were only alerted after the cottage, which is located on the R518 between Askeaton and Rathkeale, was broken into.
The results of post-mortem examinations, which were conducted by State Pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy, proved inconclusive and the results of toxicology tests have not been disclosed by gardai. An inquest into the deaths’ of Mr Ruttle and Ms Holmes is expected to be heard before the end of the year
The four men who appeared in court last week have been ordered to obey a number of conditions as a condition of their bail.
They are due to appear before Newcastle West District Court again on November 13, next when directions are expected from the DPP.