A YOUNG man has been charged over an aggravated burglary in which a middle-aged woman was confronted in her bedroom and then struck multiple times over the head with a metal travel mug.
Edmond O'Sullivan (28) of Shandon Street, Cork appeared before Cork District Court on two charges arising from an alleged incident in the early hours of Monday morning.
O'Sullivan is charged with aggravated burglary and assault at an address at Inchera Close, Mahon on Cork's southside around 2am on March 30.
Judge Olann Kelleher heard evidence of O'Sullivan's arrest, caution and charge from Garda Aoife Hayes.
She told the court that the defendant made no reply when the charges were formally put to him at the Bridewell Garda Station.
Garda Hayes said the charges arose from an alleged incident in which a female householder awoke in her bedroom early last Monday morning to find an intruder rummaging through a bedroom storage unit.
On being discovered, it is alleged the man proceeded to strike the woman with his clenched fist before beating her over the head with a metal travel mug that was on top of a bedside locker.
Garda Hayes said it is alleged the woman was struck between seven and eight times in the head.
The incident only ended when the woman's son - on hearing the noise from his mother's bedroom - ran in to see what was wrong.
Gardaí said the young man told officers he recognised the intruder.
The court was told the intruder immediately fled the scene on foot.
Gardaí made an arrest in connection with the incident a short time later.
Defence solicitor, Frank Buttimer, said his client was reserving his position in respect of a bail application at the current time.
Gardaí signalled that they would object to any bail application.
Garda Hayes said they were seeking a remand in custody on the basis of the serious nature of the charges involved and garda fears that key witnesses in the case could be approached.
Judge Kelleher noted the garda concerns and remanded O'Sullivan in custody.
He will appear again before Cork District Court by video-link on April 7 next.