Man pleads guilty falsely imprisoning Limerick woman

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A FIFTY-year-old man will be sentenced next month after he pleaded guilty to two charges relating to an aggravated burglary at the home of an elderly woman in County Limerick last October.

A FIFTY-year-old man will be sentenced next month after he pleaded guilty to two charges relating to an aggravated burglary at the home of an elderly woman in County Limerick last October.

When formally arraigned at Limerick Circuit Court this Wednesday, John Joyce of no fixed abode, admitted falsely imprisoning the woman at her home at Sandy Lane, Boher on October 11, 2012.

During the brief hearing, Joyce also pleaded guilty to stealing €1,240 in cash and a number of gold rings after entering the house as a trespasser.

Previoulsy, Limerick District Court was told by investigating gardai the defendant was one of a number of men who called to the rural house at around 5pm on the date of the offence.

It is the prosecution case that the woman was pinned down by a man while her house was searched by others.

She was tied up by the culprits but managed to free herself around an hour and a half later.

Joyce, who has received a five-year prison sentence in relation to separate offences since his arrest, was remanded in custody ahead of a sentencing hearing on May 10, next.

He faces a maxium sentence of life imprisonment.