Man accused of stealing €28k from pensioner gets bail

A MAN accused of impersonating a garda and stealing €28,000 from a pensioner in Cork city is out on bail on condition that he refrains from calling to the homes of the elderly in the city looking for work.

Kenneth Lyons, aged 28, of 25 Willison Meadows, Tower, Blarney, Co Cork, was back before Cork District Court yesterday on two charges.

He is accused of stealing €28,000 in cash from a 70-year-old man at his home in the area of Wolfe Tone Street, Cork, on Sunday, June 26. It was previously stated the money consisted of life savings that the owner had withdrawn from the bank.

He is also charged that at the same date and place he made a statement calculated to suggest falsely that he was a member of An Garda Síochána.

Senior gardaí objected to bail being granted to Lyons when he was arrested three weeks ago and his bail application was refused at Cork District Court.

However, defence solicitor Frank Buttimer told Judge Con O’Leary yesterday that the defendant had since gone to the High Court in Dublin where he was granted bail on conditions.

Those conditions include a curfew to be home every night from 11pm until 8am, sign on three times a week at Blarney Garda Station, have no contact in any way whatsoever with the complainant and, finally, to refrain from calling to the home of the elderly in Cork city looking for work to be carried out.

Inspector Mary King applied to have the accused remanded on bail as set by the High Court until September 1 to allow time for the gardaí to obtain directions from the DPP.

Detective Garda Aidan Forrest previously testified, “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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