Two remanded over aggravated burglaries

TWO men were remanded in custody last night after being charged in connection with two weekend burglaries in which one man was tied up and another attacked.

Kevin Bulman, aged 19, from 78 Blackwater Heights, Youghal, Co Cork, and David Stephens, aged 22, from 9 Sarsfields Terrace, also in Youghal, were brought before a special sitting of Youghal District Court.

After an hour-long hearing, they were both remanded in custody to appear before Youghal District Court again on Friday.

Detective Sergeant Joe O’Connor told Judge Terrence Finn that Bulman was arrested at Midleton Garda Station yesterday. He was charged with burglary at Maggie May’s pub on South Main Street, Youghal, on April 25, and with aggravated burglary at 4, Armour Terrace, Friar Street, Youghal, on the same date.

Det Sgt O’Connor said the accused made no reply when charged.

He said gardaí would be objecting to bail given the seriousness of the alleged offences, and amid concerns that further serious offences may be committed.

He said the state will present evidence alleging that the accused entered a private residence and tied and bound a man and demanded money, and told him if they didn’t get any, he would be killed. He said the state will further allege the accused entered another premises where a man was assaulted and later required medical treatment.

Det Sgt O’Connor said the accused was identified leaving the scene by two gardaí and was arrested nearby after a chase.

He also said the accused had a conversation with his co-accused while they were in cells in Midleton Garda Station where he overhead them discussing how an 80-year-old would be targeted next.

Bulman, an unemployed father of a 21-month-old child, denied the conversation took place.

He said he has limited finances.

Judge Finn refused the bail application and remanded him in custody.

Gda Shay Lyons told Judge Finn that he arrested David Stephens at Midleton Garda Station yesterday.

Stephens is charged with two counts of aggravated burglary — one at Maggie May’s, and the other at 4, Armour Terrace, both on April 25 — and with a Section 3 assault on Terry Hughes at Maggie May’s pub on the same date.

Stephens made no reply when charged.

Gda Lyons said it was his opinion that serious offences could be committed if Stephens was granted bail.

Judge Finn refused the bail application, and remanded Stephens in custody.


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