The allegation was made by gardaí when seven men charged with aggravated burglary were brought before Cashel District Court yesterday.
A 999 call was made by Emma Corcoran from her home at Burnchurch, Killenaule, Co Tipperary, after a gang smashed the window of the house early on Nov 21 and assaulted husband Mark Corcoran, said Det Sgt James White.
A recording of the call “clearly outlined the terror inflicted on the Corcoran family and the screams of the Corcoran children could clearly be heard”, he said. “It’s alleged a threat could be heard clearly and that was ‘I’ll shoot the small kids’.”
Five of the gang left the Corcorans’ home in a Volkswagen Passat while two others stole the family’s Kia Sorrento. They were arrested separately by gardaí in the subsequent hours.
Bail applications were made on behalf of five of the suspects. Gardaí objected to bail in all cases.
Judge Terence Finn approved bail for John Joyce, aged 19, of 1 Lentisk Lawn, The Donaghies, Donaghmede, Dublin. Solicitor Francis Kelleher said his client would not be taking up the bail at this point. Bail was approved in this case on the accused’s own bond of €1,000 and an independent surety of €15,000.
There were no bail applications for Donal O’Hara, aged 21, of 29 Glin Park, Coolock, Dublin 17, who was refused bail last Sunday; or for Dean Byrne, aged 21, of Flat 1, 27 Cabra Park, Dublin 7.
Patrick Joyce, aged 21, of 33 Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods, Dublin 9, who is a brother of John Joyce, was refused bail as were Thomas Flynn, aged 19, of 27 Moatview Avenue, Coolock, Dublin 17; Patrick Gately, aged 26, of Primrose Grove, Darndale, Dublin 17; and Michael McDonagh, aged 22, of 5 Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock, Dublin 17.
The men are due to appear in court in Cashel again on Dec 12.