DPP decision delayed in case of man accused of stealing from pensioner

DIRECTIONS are still awaited from the Director of Public Prosecutions in the case against a man accused of impersonating a garda and stealing €28,000 from a pensioner in Cork city in June.

Inspector Gary McPolin told Judge Con O’Leary at Cork District Court yesterday that the prosecution required a two-week adjournment to obtain the DPP’s directions.

Defence solicitor Frank Buttimer, said that as Kenneth Lyons, 29, of 25 Willison Meadows, Tower, Blarney, Co Cork, was out on bail, there was consent to a longer adjournment.

Judge O’Leary then adjourned the case until September 29 on the same bail terms. One of the bail conditions refrains him from calling to the homes of the elderly in the city looking for work.

Lyons 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 It was previously stated that the money consisted of life savings that the owner had withdrawn from the bank.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.

When Lyons was arrested and charged shortly after the alleged crimes, senior gardaí objected to bail and the defendant’s application was refused in Cork District Court.

However, the defendant later went 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 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.

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