Three men charged in relation to home raids

Three men appeared yesterday at Kilmallock District Court charged in relation to armed raids and the false imprisonment of residents at three homes in Co Limerick almost four years ago.

Three men charged in relation to home raids

Patrick Roche, aged 51, and his son Philip, aged 23, appeared before Judge Marian O’Leary on charges relating to the armed raids at Sunville House, Pallasgreen, and at the Creed family home where three elderly siblings were tied up on May 31, 2012.

According to gardaí, it is alleged that Patrick Roche, of Kilcornan Close, Clondalkin, was part of the gang that terrorised families in county Limerick during a burglary spree in 2012.

The 51-year-old is charged with the alleged aggravated burglary of the Creed family home in Ballyluddy, Pallasgreen, on May 31, 2012.

According to gardaí, the three elderly Creed siblings were tied up and assaulted in their home when an armed gang raided their house.

Patrick Roche made no reply when he was charged with the aggravated burglary at Creed home, the false imprisonment of Nora Creed, the false imprisonment of Christina Creed, and the false imprisonment of William Creed. Mr Roche also faces charges of aggravated burglary at Sunville House, Pallasgreen, on April 16, 2012, the false imprisonment of Gerard Garvey, his wife Ann, and three of the couple’s children. The Clondalkin man is also charged with handling a stolen Volkswagen 4x4 that was used by the raiders at the Creed home. The vehicle had been stolen in Mallow.

Patrick Roche is also charged with handling a stolen 2006 Kildare registered Toyota Land Cruiser jeep at the Horse and Jockey in Tipperary in May 2012.

Also before Judge O’Leary was Roche’s 23-year-old son Philip, who was charged with; aggravated burglary at the Creed home at Ballyluddy, Pallasgreen, on May 31 and with the false imprisonment of Nora, Christina and William Creed.

He is also charged with aiding and abetting his father and other gang members in the commission of the serious crime at Sunville House in Pallasgreen; as well as the possession of a stolen Wicklow-registered BMW that had been taken in Cappamore days earlier and used in the Sunville House raid.

The State will say Gerry Garvey was handcuffed and told he would be shot at his home in Sunville House while his family was held captive by raiders.

Philip Roche faces two further charges relating to the alleged possession and intention to sell or supply €6,000 worth of cannabis. He

made no reply when the charges were put to him by Det Garda Mike Reidy and Det Gda John O’Connell when he was arrested before court.

Separately, Alan Freeman, aged 35, with an address at Pearse Park, Tipperary, is charged with the alleged false imprisonment of Ian Cruise on April 13, 2012 and with aggravated burglary at the victim’s address in Killuragh, Cappamore, Co Limerick.

The three men were remanded in custody until next week to appear before the court via video link.

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