File for the DPP after suspected burglar was seriously injured in Limerick crash

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Andrew Corbett appeared before Limerick District Court after he was charged with multiple offences

Andrew Corbett appeared before Limerick District Court after he was charged with multiple offences

A FILE is being prepared for the DPP in the case of a young man who was seriously injured when he allegedly crashed a stolen car following a burglary in East Limerick.

Andrew Corbett, aged 22, who has an address at Castle Park, Caherconlish appeared before Limerick District Court after he was charged with multiple offences relating to a number of incidents which happened last month.

The defendant, who was using crutches and who was in obvious discomfort during his court appearance, faces a number of burglary and theft charges.

Detective Garda Chris Cowan said it will be alleged the defendant broke into a house in Cappamore on September 16, last and took a Nissan Juke car which was parked outside.

Mr Corbett is also charged with stealing a sum of cash from a premises in Hospital on the same day and with burglary at a house in Knocklong on September 21. It is alleged a Toyota Corolla was stolen from outside the house and that this car was located crashed near Hospital later in the day.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told the defendant sustained a broken sternum, two broken ribs, a punctured lung as well as extensive damage to his hip in the crash.

Opposing a bail application under the Bail Act, Detective Garda Cowan expressed concerns Mr Corbett would engage in criminality and would not abide by his bail conditions if released. He added he was concerned he would not appear in court if granted bail.

Solicitor John Herbert said his client would abide by all bail conditions and that there was an address available to him to live at. He said Mr Corbett will require ongoing medical treatment for his injuries and that this could be hindered if he was remanded in custody.

He also submitted it will take some time for gardai to secure directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions. Noting the defendant’s injuries, Judge O’Leary granted bail subject to him living with his parents and obeying a number of other strict conditions.

The matter was adjourned to next month for directions.