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 â€œbutcherâ€™s knifeâ€ 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 Oâ€™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 â€œbe of sober habitsâ€ when in public.
Judge Oâ€™Neill adjourned the case for DPPâ€™s directions to Newcastle West Court on September 10, next.