Six men remanded over Cashel house raid

Six of the seven men charged with carrying out an aggravated burglary at the home of a young family last month have again been remanded in custody following their latest court appearance.

The accused appeared at Cashel District Court yesterday on a charge of committing aggravated burglary at the home of Mark and Emma Corcoran of Burnchurch, Killenaule, Co Tipperary, on Nov 21 last.

A bail application was made on behalf of Dean Byrne, aged 21, of Flat 1, 27 Cabra Park, Dublin 7, but turned down by Judge Terence Finn.

John Joyce, aged 19, of 1 Lentisk Lawn, The Donaghies, Donaghmede, Dublin, was granted bail at a previous court appearance and took up that bail last week, Judge Finn heard.

Michael McDonagh, aged 22, from 5 Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock, Dublin 17, was granted bail in the High Court last week but remains in custody until sureties are approved.

There were no further applications from the other four accused: Donal O’Hara, aged 21, of 29 Glin Park, Coolock, Dublin 17; Patrick Joyce, aged 21, of 33 Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods, Dublin 9; Thomas Flynn, aged 19, of 27 Moatview Avenue, Coolock, Dublin 17; and Patrick Gately, aged 26, of Primrose Grove, Darndale, Dublin 17.

Insp Brian Conway told Cashel Court yesterday that the Garda file on the case has not been completed for the DPP. Judge Finn remanded all seven to appear again in Cashel on Jan 9, for DPP directions.

Opposing bail for Dean Byrne, Det Sgt James White said that, following a “high-speed” car chase, the accused was apprehended in the passenger seat of a 4x4 stolen from the family home of Mark and Emma Corcoran and their three young daughters.

It’s alleged the accused was found in possession of €490 which was the exact amount of takings at the injured party’s business the previous day and which was stolen from the house, the sergeant said.

The accused was also seen attempting to discard the key of a Saab car which had been used by the gang who committed the burglary and had broken down nine miles south of the toll plaza near Portlaoise, while on the way from Dublin to the Corcorans’ home.

Firearms used during the burglary have not yet been found by gardaí and Sergeant White said it was his view that, if granted bail, Dean Byrne would attempt to dispose of the firearms.

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