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A woman has appeared in court charged with a burglary in which an elderly couple were attacked in their home in Co Donegal.

Krystyna Gasperowicz appeared at Falcarragh District Court yesterday facing a number of charges in connection with the raid.

They include burglary, two assault charges, trespassing, criminal damage and an unrelated fraud charge.

The charges relate to an incident on Sunday morning last in which the home of the elderly couple in Coolboy, Letterkenny, was broken into at around 7am.

The couple were assaulted when household items were thrown at them, with both being struck on the head.

Two mobile phones, a wallet containing a quantity of cash and a number of other items were stolen in the raid.

Both the man and woman required treatment at Letterkenny University Hospital but they have since been discharged.

Shortly before 4pm on Monday, gardaí arrested a woman in Long Lane, Letterkenny, in connection with the incident.

Ms Gasperowicz (34) was detained at Milford garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 and has since been charged in relation to the investigation.

The accused, a Polish national of Ard Glass, Long Lane, Letterkenny, appeared at Falcarragh District Court sitting in Letterkenny yesterday, with solicitor Patsy Gallagher representing her.

Detective Garda Darren Carter gave details of the arrest.

He told the court that there was no objection to bail but insisted on a number of conditions.

They include that Ms Gasperowicz signs on three times a week at Letterkenny garda station, provides a mobile phone number, that she does not interfere with witnesses, stays out of the Milford garda district, surrenders her passport and remains sober.

Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until July 20 to allow for directions to be given by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Ms Gasperowicz was released on her own bond of €250.

Irish Independent