Man remanded in custody

A MAN accused of impersonating a member of the gardaí and stealing €28,000 lifesavings from a pensioner in Cork city was further remanded in custody yesterday.

Kenneth Lyons, aged 28, of 25 Willison Meadows, Tower, Blarney, Co Cork, is charged with stealing the cash from the 70-year-old man at his home in the area of Wolfe Tone Street, Cork, on June 26.

He also faces a charge that he made a statement calculated to suggest falsely that he was a member of the gardaí.

Lyons was unsuccessful in his bail application last week at Cork District Court where he was remanded in custody until July 21 to allow time for the gardaí to obtain directions from the DPP.

Detective Garda Aidan Forrest said last week it was alleged the defendant called to the pensioner’s home before 7am on Sunday and told him he was a member of the gardaí stationed at Gurranabraher station.

“It is alleged that he said he required to know if any money was on the premises at the time so he could inspect it and mark it as he believed the house was going to be robbed.”

Detective Inspector Michael Fitzpatrick said: “The 70-year-old man living alone in the house was to go to Medjugorje later that day.”

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