Cork man accused of Kerry burglary spree

A district court judge yesterday declined jurisdiction to deal with a Cork man accused of a series of burglaries in Kerry.

A 54-year-old appeared in custody before Judge James O’Connor at Tralee District Court charged with a series of thefts or burglaries stretching from Castlegregory to rural Killarney.

Judge O’Connor said it was simply “not on to have somebody coming down from Cork to rob private houses in Kerry”.

William Hogan, of Liffey Park, Mayfield, Cork, was charged with entering the home of Billy Bowler, who is blind, at Cliff Rd, Castlegregory on July 1.

He is charged with stealing a sum of cash under €40, the property of Tesco Killarney, on June 26.

Another charge relates to entering a private house at Finnegan’s Cross, Killarney, on June 30, and stealing a handbag and €100.

A fourth charge on the same date related to entering a house at Annablatha, Killarney, and stealing jewellery, including an engagement ring, and €900.

A fifth charge relates to entering a house at Mangerton View in Killarney town centre, on June 24.

Canice Walsh, defending, said Hogan had spent “half his life” in prison, and that the sums of money were being returned to the injured parties.

Hogan had been remanded in custody from Cork District Court.

Judge O’Connor remanded Hogan, with consent to bail, to appear in Tralee on October 15 for service of the book of evidence to be sent forward to the circuit court.

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