A MAN was granted bail when he appeared in court charged with breaking into a rural home in West Limerick.
David Blanchard, aged 27, of Moig Cottage, Shanagolden is accused of breaking into a house at Clounties, Shanagolden in the early hours of August 27, last
It is alleged the defendant took a set of keys from the house, which was occupied, after gaining entry.
Blanchard is also charged with stealing a car belonging to the owner of the house on the same date and with possession of a “butcher’s knife” at Moig, Shanagolden a short time after the alleged burglary.
At a vacation sitting of Limerick Court, Garda Keith Hughes said the defendant made no reply when he was formally charged.
During the brief court hearing, Judge John O’Neill granted an application for free legal aid after he was informed the defendant is not working.
Sgt Donal Cronin said there was no garda objection to a bail application which was made by solicitor Sarah Ryan.
Blanchard was ordered to obey a nightly curfew and he must live at his home address.
He must sign on three times a week at Newcastle West garda station and he must stay away from the alleged injured party.
The defendant was also ordered not to apply for a passport and to “be of sober habits” when in public.
Judge O’Neill adjourned the case for DPP’s directions to Newcastle West Court on September 10, next.