Man to face trial over aggravated burglary at County Limerick home

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Christopher Stokes
THE book of evidence has been completed and served on a 42-year-old man who is charged in connection with an aggravated burglary during which a number of members of the same family were tied up and threatened.

THE book of evidence has been completed and served on a 42-year-old man who is charged in connection with an aggravated burglary during which a number of members of the same family were tied up and threatened.

Christopher Stokes of St Anthony’s Park, Knocknaheeny in Cork city is accused of entering Sunville House, Pallasgreen shortly before 10pm on April 16, 2012.

It is alleged the defendant was one of a number of men who entered the house armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a baseball bat and a sledge hammer.

Two members of the family who live at the house were allegedly tied up during the incident and almost €10,000 worth of sterling and US Dollars was allegedly taken from the house.

The defendant was one of two men who were arrested in North Cork following the incident.

He is charged with aggravated burglary at Sunville House on April 16, 2012 and with five counts of false imprisonment.

A number of other people are before the courts having also been charged in connection with the incident.

On Tuesday, Detective Garda Michael Reidy of Bruff garda station told Limerick Court he had served a copy of the book of evidence - encompassing three volumes on Mr Stokes - a married father of three.

Sergeant Donal Cronin said the Director of Public Prosecutions consented to the case being sent forward for trial at the next sessions of Limerick Circuit Court.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly noted this and he sent the matter forward for trial. Mr Stokes, whose legal aid was extended to include a barrister and senior counsel, must abide by a number of strict bail conditions between now and his appearance before the circuit court.

He must live at his address in Cork city, obey a nightly curfew and sign on twice a day at his local garda station.

He must stay away from the Pallasgreen area of County Limerick and he must not apply for a passport until the proceedings against him have concluded.

Mr Stokes was also ordered to carry a mobile phone at all times and to ensure it is charged and in credit.