Father and son in court on aggravated burglary charges
A father and son have appeared in court charged with aggravated burglary and false imprisonment of three elderly siblings, and aggravated robbery on a seprate family-of-six.
Patrick Roche (51) and Philip Roche (23), both of Kilcornan Close, Clondalkin, Dublin, were each charged with one count of aggravated burglary, and three counts of false imprisonment, at the Creed family home in Ballyluddy, Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, on May 31, 2012.
Willie Creed (77), and his sisters, Nora (75) and Chrissie (69), were assaulted by an armed gang who broke into their isolated home, the court heard.
Patrick Roche was also charged with handling a stolen VW Touareg, allegedly used in the robbery.
During a bail hearing for Philip Roche at Kilmallock District Court, Detective Garda Michael Reidy alleged two masked raiders "burst into" the Creed's home, armed with a knife and an iron bar.
Patrick Roche was further charged with aggravated burglary, and with false imprisonment of a family at their home at Sunville House, Pallasgreen, on April 16, 2012.
Philip Roche, was charged with aiding and abetting his father carry out the burglary at that home, and with possession of a stolen BMW car allegedly used in the burglary.
Both men were remanded in custody.