Friday 30 September 2016

'I am really sorry that man died' - accused

David Raleigh

Published 30/08/2015 | 02:30

The scene in Toomaline, Co Limerick where John O'Donoghue's body was found
The scene in Toomaline, Co Limerick where John O'Donoghue's body was found

One of two cousins charged with burglary at a house where a man was found dead on Thursday told gardai: "I really am sorry for the death of that man," a court heard.

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David Casey (20), of Carragh Park, Coolock, Dublin 17, and Michael Casey (32), with an address at Bay 9, Clonglong Halting Site, Limerick, were brought before a special sitting of Limerick District Court yesterday.

The two accused men were each charged with entering the home of John O'Donoghue at Toomaline, Upper Doon, Co Limerick, on August 27, and stealing a ladies gold watch valued at €200, and stealing Stg£30, contrary to Section 12 (1) (b) and (3) of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act.

Mr O'Donoghue (62) was found dead at his home on Thursday afternoon after a burglary at the house.

He had just returned to the house on the Doon to Cappawhite road near the Limerick/Tipperary border.

His body was found by his sister Christina, who alerted neighbours and the emergency services.

Despite efforts to resuscitate Mr O'Donoghue, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem carried out on his body at University Hospital Limerick on Friday confirmed he died of a heart attack.

Garda Bill Collins, of Cappamore Garda Station, gave evidence of charging David Casey with three counts of burglary, and one count of causing criminal damage.

Garda Collins told the court Michael Casey replied: "I really am sorry for the death of that man", to each of the four counts.

Garda Elaine O'Donovan, Bruff Garda Station, told the court, after she arrested and charged Michael Casey, he did not say anything.

Both accused men were also charged with burglary at the home of Hester O'Keefe, St Jude's, Kyle, Cappamore, Co Limerick, on August 27 last, and stealing jewellery worth €1,000.

Each man was also charged with burglary at the home of Kate Egerton at Portnard on August 27 last, and causing €250 worth of criminal damage to the front door of the house.

They were also charged with causing €120 worth of criminal damage on the same date, at the home of Roger Danaher, Dromsallagh, Cappamore.

Michael Casey shouted "Get off her" when gardai escorted a woman and a child out of the court.

Judge Marie Keane granted both men free legal aid.

Henry Street Superintendent Derek Smart, prosecuting, applied for a one-week remand in custody.

Judge Marie Keane remanded the two accused men in custody to appear before Limerick District Court via video link, on Tuesday, September 1.

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