A TEENAGER was refused bail last evening after he appeared in court charged with breaking into five different houses in Castleconnell village during a 12 hour period.
Dean Garvey, 19, of Scanlan Park, Castleconnell is accused of breaking into the private homes located at Tontines, The Mews, Castle View and Riverside between 4pm on May 1 and 3.30am on May 2.
All of the houses were occupied when the offences occurred.
In addition to the four burglary charges, Garvey is also accused of threatening a woman in her fifties with a large bread knife during another incident at a house at Stradbally, Castleconnell. According to gardai, the woman was not physically injured during the incident.
However, a small quantity of cash and a mobile phone were taken from the house by the culprit.
All of the property, including the bread knife, were later recovered.
At Limerick District Court, Sgt Bernard McDonagh, Castleconnell, objected to a bail application made by solicitor Turlough Herbert on behalf of Garvey.
He said the charges were “very serious” and he told the court he believed the defendant would commit further crimes if released.
Judge Eamon O’Brien refused bail and he remanded Garvey in custody until May 8, next.
A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relatoin to the incidents.
For more see this weekend’s Limerick Leader, print edition