Two men charged in connection with a suspected aggravated burglary at a house in Co Longford at the weekend have been remanded in custody.
John Ryan (34), 104 Cashel Avenue, Crumlin, Dublin 12, and Noel Kinsella (41), 15A St Anthony’s Road, Rialto, Dublin 8, appeared at a sitting of Longford District Court on Monday morning.
Both men were charged with trespassing at a house at Cloverwell, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford, on October 11.
Mr Ryan was also charged with damaging a rear door at Longford Garda Station following his arrest under Section 2 of the Criminal Damage Act 1991.
Garda Angela Keegan told the Court Mr Ryan made no reply to both charges.
She said it was the State’s application to remand Mr Ryan in custody as more serious charges are expected to follow.
Defence solicitor Frank Gearty said while he would be making no objection to that request, he wanted to know the reasons behind such an application.
Garda Keegan replied, saying Mr Ryan had a “history of non-appearance”.
Mr Gearty said Mr Ryan came from a stable background.
“He regrets the circumstances that led to his arrest,” he said, adding that he was not going to pursue a bail application at this time.
Mr Gearty also revealed his client, who is unemployed, is on carer’s allowance for his wife who suffers from a visual impairment.
Judge Seamus Hughes sanctioned the free legal aid request before remanding him in custody to appear back before Harristown District Court on Friday.
Meanwhile Noel Kinsella appeared in court shortly before lunchtime. Garda Gary Beattie gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.
He said Mr Kinsella, who appeared wearing a white jumpsuit, had “nothing to say” when the charge was put to him.
Garda Beattie said the reason for Mr Kinsella’s attire was because gardaí had seized his clothes as part of the investigation.
Judge Hughes said he had read and heard snippets from the alleged incident in the media over the weekend and inquired as to the alleged victims’ job titles.
During that exchange the court heard that a a female occupant in the house was an employee in a local supermarket, while a male resident deals with computer and phone repairs.
Defence solicitor Philip Hannon said his client would not be making a bail application at this juncture, prompting Judge Hughes to remand Mr Kinsella to appear back before Harristown District Court this Friday.
A request for legal aid was also granted.