FOUR men appeared before a special sitting of Gorey District Court last Friday morning on a charge of possessing items that could be used in the course of or in connection with a burglary.
The court heard how the previous day, Thursday, January 7, gardaí observed a van acting suspiciously, and an attempt was made to evade gardaí.
A number of men then ran from the van and were later arrested. The van was searched and a number of concealed items were found.
The defendants, Patrick Berry, (30), of 24 Labre Park, Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10; Miles Flynn, (31), of The Bay opposite 5 Labre Park, Ballyfermot; Myles Berry, (22) of The Bay opposite 5 Labre Park, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10; and Thomas Berry, (23) of 5 Labre Park, Ballyfermot; were charged with having in their possession at Drumderry, Bunclody, on January 7, 2016, five sets of gloves, a lump hammer, vice grips, a woolly hat, and a 3 foot long metal jemmy bar, with the intention that they be used in the course of or in connection with a burglary.
Garda John Cleary told the court he arrested Patrick Berry the previous day, January 7, at 4.30 p.m. at Ballinastraw, Bunclody, and brought him to Enniscorthy Garda Station where he later charged him.
Bail was granted on the condition that he stay out of Wexford, except for court appearances. He can also visit his parents in Ferns if he gives Enniscorthy gardaí 24 hours' notice, and he doesn't leave his parents' house while he's there.
He must also sign on daily at Ballyfermot Garda Station between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and keep a curfew at his residence between 9 p.m. and 7 p,m. and make himself available to gardaí if they call. Free legal aid was granted and documents are to be sent to his solicitor Lana Doherty before the next court appearance on February 3.
The court heard that Myles Berry was arrested at Ballinastraw, Bunclody at 6.30 p.m. as was Thomas Berry. They were brought to Enniscorthy Garda Station where they were later charged.
Largely similar bail conditions were granted to Miles Flynn and Myles and Thomas Berry, and all were given legal aid and told to appear again in the court in Gorey on February 3. Documents in their cases are to go to their solicitor.