TWO Tralee men are due before Tralee District Court today ( Wednesday) in connection with a break in at a Castlegregory pharmacy two weeks ago.
Patrick O'Brien (24) and 32year-old James O'Brien, both of 42 Balloonagh Estate, are charged with entering Teahan's Pharmacy, Strand Street, Castlegregory, with the intention to commit an offence at 1.15am on December 5.
Both men appeared before Killorglin District Court last Thursday where Garda Gary Carroll provided details of the alleged incident. The court heard that the pharmacy's 80year- old lady owner who resides next door was awoken as the store was being ransacked. Disturbed by members of the public, the offenders made off in a vehicle which later crashed.
The court heard that Patrick O'Brien was allegedly identified as a passenger in the vehicle using CCTV footage taken from the garda station which is across the road.
Objecting to bail, Garda Carroll said that Patrick O'Brien was issued 12 bench warrants and has 31 previous convictions for "serious offences" with the likelihood of a custodial sentence high.
Stating that Patrick O'Brien is currently on bail in the circuit court for an alleged section three assault, the garda stated that the defendant had a history of offences whilst on bail.
"My experience of this man is that it is quite difficult to execute bench warrants," he added.
Responding to the remark, solicitor Pa Daly retorted: "If the guards want to find him they will - he lives half a mile from the garda station". Highlighting to the section three charge, the solicitor added that the injured party had withdrawn his statement.
Referring to James O'Brien, Garda Thomas Bourke said the father-of-three is currently on bail for burglary, has a suspended sentence and was served six bench warrants previously.
The garda added that Mr O'Brien has a previous conviction for entering a building with intent to commit an offence on January 26, 2011, and is on a 10 month sentence, suspended on condition that the defendant keep away from commercial premises.
Also representing James O'Brien, solicitor Pa Daly said his client had just one bench warrant in the previous threeanda- half years and that charge was subsequently withdrawn.
Refusing bail for both men, Judge James O'Connor ordered their return at this week's Tralee court sitting.
James O'Brien, meanwhile, will also appear in Killorglin Court in February where charges of possession of certain articles at Iveragh Road, Killorglin and criminal damage at Eamon Sheahan's Butchers, Killorglin, both on November 14, will be up for mention.