Sunday 18 February 2018

Four men accused of burglary which left family 'terrorised' are out on bail

Thomas Flynn was granted bail but has not taken it up
Thomas Flynn was granted bail but has not taken it up

Conor Kane

Four of the seven men accused of carrying out an aggravated burglary at the home of a young family last November are now out on bail, a court has heard.

The seven, all with addresses in Dublin, made their fourth court appearance in Cashel, Co Tipperary, yesterday in relation to the aggravated burglary at the home of Emma and Mark Corcoran and their three young daughters at Burnchurch, Killenaule, Co Tipperary.

The court was told by gardai on a previous occasion that the family were "terrorised" by a gang of seven who were armed when they broke into the home.

One threatened to "shoot" the children, the court heard last month, and they escaped on November 21 with some money, jewellery and the family car.

The accused were arrested later that morning.

Judge Terence Finn heard that Patrick Joyce (21), of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods, Dublin 9; Donal O'Hara (21), of Glin Park, Coolock, Dublin 17; and Michael McDonagh (22), from Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock, had all been granted bail in the High Court since their last appearance in Cashel in December, and had taken up that bail.

John Joyce (19), of Lentisk Lawn, The Donaghies, Donaghmede, Dublin, was previously granted bail in Cashel court and has also taken it up.

Thomas Flynn (19), of Moatview Avenue, Coolock, has been granted bail by the High Court but hasn't taken it up, the court heard yesterday, while Dean Byrne (21), of Cabra Park, Dublin 7 and Patrick Gately (26) of Primrose Grove, Darndale, Dublin 17, have had bail applications refused and are also in custody.


During yesterday's court appearance, Judge Finn adjourned the cases of the men on bail until February 19, when the DPP's instructions will be sought. He adjourned the cases of the men in custody until January 23.

One of the accused, John Joyce, had one of his bail conditions changed, allowing him to sign on at his local garda station twice a day rather than three times. This was after the court heard he had two young children, aged 18 months and a few months.

Irish Independent

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