Two men admit role in burglary case

Jeffrey Lee

Two men yesterday pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a burglary at the lakeside mansion owned by a son of Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara.

At Ennis Circuit Court, Jeffrey Lee, aged 41, of Cosgrove Park, Moyross, Limerick, pleaded guilty to entering Tinerana House, the property of Gary McNamara, as a trespasser and committing theft on dates between August 17 and September 14, 2013.

Mr Lee’s co-accused, Declan Browne pleaded guilty to handling stolen property that includes antique bathroom fittings, antique chandeliers, candelabras and light fittings, copper wiring and cylinders on September 13, 2013, at Clear Circle Metals, Ballysimon Rd, Limerick.

Mark Nicholas, defending Mr Lee, yesterday sought an adjournment in the sentencing of his client in order to obtain Lee’s medical records from University College Hospital Limerick.

“My client has a significant history in relation to unstable medical issues and has been in a very well known psychiatric unit in Limerick from time to time and it informs some of the behaviour in this case, said Mr Nicholas.

He said his client had indicated his plea of guilty to the State at a early date.

Mr Lee was remanded on bail to yesterday’s hearing. Mr Nicholas said Mr Lee has never been in trouble before in relation to bail.

Mr McNamara and his wife Michelle bought their home for €1.46m in January 2013 from Nama-appointed receivers PWC.

It is understood that the McNamaras paid an additional €2m for 270 acres of surrounding lands in the estate on the shores of Lough Derg that includes 2.3km of frontage onto the lake.

No one was living in the 19th-century 16-bedroom home at the time of the alleged burglary.

Dolores McNamara lives nearby at Lough Derg Hall.

Nama appointed receivers to Tinerana Ltd in 2012 after the company failed to progress a €100m plan to develop a leisure resort at the property that involved a hotel, an 18-hole championship golf course and equestrian holiday village.

Clare County Council gave the plan the go-ahead and it did not progress any further after being refused planning permission by An Bord Pleanála.

Judge Gerald Keyes yesterday remanded both Mr Lee and Mr Browne to reappear before Ennis Circuit Court on January 12 to fix a date for sentence.


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