A WOMAN was forced to lock herself into her bedroom after her home was broken into by an armed intruder, a court has heard.
During a contested bail application, Detective Garda Ronan O’Reilly alleged the culprit entered the house at Clonisle, Old Cratloe Road earlier this year after he smashed the rear patio door.
Jamie Ryan, aged 19, of Pineview Gardens, Moyross faces charges of criminal damage and aggravated burglary relating to the incident which happened on May 3, last.
Opposing bail, Det O’Reilly alleged the defendant was armed with a knife when he entered the property and “went about the house looking for cash”.
Judge Mary Larkin was told when the occupant heard the commotion she locked herself in a bedroom and contacted the gardai, who responded immediately.
“She threw her keys to gardai when they arrived,” he said alleging that Mr Ryan was caught “red handed” inside the house and made admissions following his arrest.
Judge Larkin was told gardai believe the defendant owed a drug debt at the time and are fearful he will commit further crimes if released.
The defendant, who first appeared in court a number of days after the incident, is to stand trial on indictment at Limerick Circuit Court.
He was previously refused bail and, last week, the book of evidence was served on him.
Seeking bail, solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client was “stoned” at the time of the alleged incident but that he does not have access to drugs in prison.
She added that he was willing to abide by any bail conditions if released.
Judge Larkin refused to grant bail and noting that the book of evidence has been completed and served on Ryan, she formally sent the matter forward to Limerick Circuit Court.
The defendant is expected to appear before that court at the end of this month but the matter is unlikely to be reached until early next year.
If convicted of aggravated burglary, Ryan faces a maximum sentence of up to life imprisonment.