TWO men have appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court, charged in connection with a burglary at the home of a man who subsequently died.
The men, cousins David Casey and Michael Casey, were charged with a number of theft and criminal charges offences in Cappamore and Doon on August 27, including at the Toomaline home of John O’Donoghue, the 62 year old man who collapsed and died after discovering two intruders fleeing his home.
A post-mortem carried out by State Pathologist Marie Cassidy has confirmed the Doon man suffered a heart attack.
Garda William Collins, stationed in Cappamore, gave evidence that when Michael Casey, 32, with an address at Bay 9, Clonlong Halting Site in Southill, was charged in connection with the Doon incident, he replied: “I am sorry for the death of that man.”
Gd Collins gave evidence of arresting and formally charging him at Henry Street Garda Station on Friday night.
Mr Casey was facing a number of theft and criminal damage charges in connection with a spate of robberies in county Limerick.
David Casey, 20, with an address at Carragh Park, Coolock, Dublin 17, also faced a number of theft and criminal damage charges and Garda Elaine O’Donovan, Bruff, gave evidence of arresting and formally charging him at Henry Street Garda Station on Friday night.
The court heard that he made no reply to any of the charges.
Both men are charged with trespassing at Mr O’Donoghue’s home and stealing a ladies’ gold watch, valued at €200 and £30 in cash.
They are charged also with stealing €1,000 worth of jewellery from the home of Hester O’Keefe at St Jude’s Kyle, Cappamore and entering the home of Kate Egerton at Portnard, Cappamore as trespassers and causing €250 criminal damage to a front door, on August 27. They are also charged with causing €120 worth of criminal damage to the front door of Rodger Danaher’s home in Dromsallagh, Cappamore on the same date.
Solicitor Sarah Keane was assigned to Michael Casey while Julie Ann Kiely was assigned to David Casey. Neither of the two men made an application for bail.
Superintendent Derek Smart sought that both men be remanded in custody to appear before the court next week.
Judge Marie Keane remanded both men in custody to Limerick District Court to appear via video link at 10.30am this Tuesday.