Two held in custody on attempted theft charge
Two men appeared last night at a special court sitting on charges relating to an attempted robbery at a business premises in Killoe, Co Longford.
Joseph Bates and Ray Ward were refused bail at Longford District Court and have been remanded in custody to appear at the same court next Tuesday.
Mr Bates (33), of 12B Boyne Street, Dublin 2, and Mr Ward (34), of 4 Colthurst Road, Huntingdon Glen, Lucan, Dublin, were both charged with entering Gerry Kennedy Furniture, on February 23, 2012 at Kilmoyle, Killoe, Longford, with intent to commit theft.
Mr Ward was further charged with the unauthorised taking of a vehicle.
Representing Mr Bates, Ms Brid Mimnagh said: "Mr Bates is very anxious to obtain his freedom. He did make a full admission.
"The reason behind this attempted offence was to help out a friend who was being chased for drugs money."
Judge Seamus Hughes refused the application and remanded Mr Bates in custody.
"By any stretch of the imagination, this is a very serious offence," he said.
The State also applied for Mr Ward to be remanded in custody.
"He made full admissions during interview and has a substance abuse problem," Supt Ian Lackey, of Granard garda station, told the court.