Michael Casey, aged 32, of Bay 9, Clonlong, Southill, Limerick, and his cousin David Casey, aged 20, with an address at Carragh Park, Coolock, Dublin 17, both appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court on Saturday.
The men were charged with three burglary and one criminal damage offence allegedly committed at a number of addresses in east Co Limerick on August 27, including burglary at the home of John O’Donoghue at Doon, Co Limerick.
Mr O’Donoghue collapsed and died outside his house shortly before 2pm, after he returned home to discover his house had been ransacked by thieves.
An autopsy by Marie Cassidy, the State pathologist, on Friday confirmed Mr O’Donoghue suffered a heart attack.
Garda William Collins of Cappamore Garda Station gave evidence of arresting and formally charging Michael Casey at Henry Street Garda Station on Friday night.
The court heard the 32-year-old replied “I really am sorry for the death of that man” in response to each of the charges.
Both Michael and David Casey are charged with entering Mr O’Donoghue’s home at Doon,Co Limerick, on August 27 as trespassers and stealing a gold watch valued at €200, and £30 in cash.
They are also charged with stealing €1,000 worth of jewellery from the home of Hester O’Keefe at Cappamore, Co Limerick, and entering the home of Kate Egerton at Cappamore as trespassers and causing €250 criminal damage to a front door, on August 27.
The cousins are also charged with causing €120 worth of criminal damage to the front door of Rodger Danaher’s home in Cappamore, on the same date.
Garda Elaine O’Donovan, Bruff Garda Station, gave evidence of arresting and formally charging David Casey at Henry Street Garda Station on Friday night.
The court heard that he made no reply to any of the charges.
Solicitor Julie-Ann Kiely was assigned to represent David Casey, while solicitor Sarah Ryan was assigned to represent Michael Casey whom the court heard is in receipt of social welfare.
Neither of the accused men applied for bail.
Superintendent Derek Smart sought that both men be remanded in custody to appear before the same court again next week.
Judge Marie Keane remanded them in custody to appear before Limerick District Court tomorrow.