Teens charged with violent burglary of priest's home

A Cork priest was struck in the head with a hammer and tied to his bed with cable, it was claimed today, as two teenagers were charged with committing an aggravated burglary.

A Cork priest was struck in the head with a hammer and tied to his bed with cable, it was claimed today, as two teenagers were charged with committing an aggravated burglary.

The incident is said to have occurred at around 5am on New Year’s Eve at the home of Fr Jerry Cremin at 24 Arderrin Way, The Glen, Cork.

William Nolan, 19, of 35 Arderrin Way, and Stephen Casey, 18, of 228 Comeragh Park, The Glen, were both charged with committing the aggravated burglary at Fr Cremin’s home on December 31, 2004.

Detective Garda Tom McCarthy outlined the nature of the alleged offence at Cork District Court.

"It is alleged that the defendants accompanied by another person broke into the house at 24 Arderrin Way, The Glen.

"It is alleged they were armed with a hammer and that they entered the home of Father Jerry Cremin, and entered his bedroom while he was in bed and that they struck him across the head with this hammer.

“It is alleged that they punched him in the head when he was on the ground and that they struck him again with the hammer when he was on the ground and that they tied him with cable to the bed and stole property from around the room,” Det Gda McCarthy said.

Judge Uinsin MacGruairc said that every accused person was innocent until proven guilty.

Sergeant Joe Moore strenuously opposed bail being granted to Nolan. He said there was a further aggravated burglary charge against Nolan, where it was alleged that he went to a house at Thomas Kent Park, The Glen, with an imitation handgun and terrified the occupants on July 6 last.

Judge MacGruairc said he had to refuse bail in Nolan’s case.

He remanded him in custody to appear in Cork District Court again on February 1. He remanded Casey, who appeared on one charge only, in custody with consent to bail of €500, €300 to be lodged.

There is also an independent surety of €10,000, €5,000 of which is to be lodged.

Bail conditions require him to reside at home, stay away from the injured party, sign on daily at Mayfield Garda Station and abide by a curfew of 11pm to 8am.

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