TwO County Limerick men who are charged in connection with a number of aggravated burglaries in the Pallasgreen area in recent months were remanded in custody when they appeared in court again this week.
William Gammell, aged 27, of An Cuirt, Monard, Co Tipperary is charged with entering the home of the Creed family at Ballyluddy, Pallasgreen as a trespasser and committing burglary at the house on May 31, last.
Is is alleged that three elderly siblings were tied up and beaten during the incident, which lasted for over an hour.
Gammell - a married father-of-three - faces a further charge of “aiding and abetting” the commission of a serious offence - namely an aggravated burglary at Sunville House, Pallasgreen, on April 16, last - by impeding the arrest of another person.
It is alleged that on that date six members of the Garvey family were falsely imprisoned at their home and threatened by a number of men who were armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a baseball bat and a sledge hammer.
On Tuesday, Gammell’s case was adjourned until June 26, next when he is expected to apply for bail. Meanwhile, John Cahill of Hillview Grove, Doon was refused bail when he appeared before Limerick District Court on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old who first appeared in court last Thursday, is accused of “intentionally impeding the apprehension or prosecution” of a person who he knew to be guilty of committing the aggravated burglary at Sunville House.
After refusing a bail application made by solicitor John Herbert, Judge Eugene O’Kelly remanded Cahill in custody until July 6, next.
Gardai are continuing to investigate both incidents and a file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The investigation, which is being led by Supt Alan Cunningham, Bruff, and Det Insp Tom O’Connor, is part of Operation Bliain, which was launched by the Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan earlier this year to combat the activities of travelling gangs who are committing burglaries across County Limerick,
Another man from Cork City, who is charged in connection with the incident at Sunville House was granted bail by the High Court and is due before Limerick Court again in September.