A 19-YEAR-OLD Co Kerry man is alleged to have attempted to steal €4,000 from an octogenarian.
At a special sitting of Cork District Court Thomas O’Brien was charged that at Pouladuff Road on April 9 he attempted to steal the cash from an 80-year-old man, contrary to Section 4 of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001.
Gardaí requested that he be remanded in custody, but Mr O’Brien’s solicitor, Emmett Boyle of Frank Buttimer & Company, argued that his client should be given bail.
Mr O’Brien told Judge David Riordan that he had previously lived at his family’s home at No 1 Arbutus Drive, Killarney — the address he had given to gardaí when he was arrested. It was also the address on his driving licence.
However, O’Brien said that on February 11 last he moved out of the house after getting married and now resided in a caravan parked at No 1 Hazelwood Drive, Ballyspillane, Co Kerry. His sister-in-law owned that house.
Judge Riordan remanded Mr O’Brien in custody with consent to bail. The judge said if bail was granted the accused would have to provide his own bond of €1,000 cash and a surety of €10,000.
He said an independent surety of €10,000 would also be required and this would be approved by the court on production of a bank deposit book.
Judge Riordan said further conditions for bail included Mr O’Brien signing on twice daily, at 11am and 4.30pm, at Killarney Garda Station.
O’Brien would have to surrender his passport and give an undertaking to reside permanently at the caravan at Hazelwood Drive.
The judge added that he should have no contact directly, or indirectly, with the injured party.
“He is not to enter within 30km of Cork city at any time, save for one hour before a court appearance and one hour thereafter,” Judge Riordan said.
He remanded Mr O’Brien in custody to appear again at Cork District Court next Wednesday.
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