Three men appeared before a special trial by the Sligo District Court charged with aggravated burglary at the home of West Sligo man Tom Niland (73 years old).
The men, all with addresses in Co Mayo, have been charged with more serious crimes with a knife burglary at Mr Niland’s home in Doonflynn, Skreen, Co Sligo on 18 January. All are in custody to appear at Sligo County Court next Wednesday.
Sergeant Michael Kelly from Carrick on Shannon Garda Station gave evidence of the arrest, charge and warning of all three defendants. He told Judge Sandra Murphy that none of the three defendants gave any response when charges were brought to them.
John Clarke, 33, of Carrowkelly, Ballina, Co Mayo, Francis Harmon, 54, Nephin Court, Killala Road, Ballina, and John Irving, 28, of Shanwar, Foxford, Co Mayo were assisted by Judge Murphy. legal help.
Inspector Paul Kilcoyne, senior investigative officer in this case, said the State opposes bail for each of the three defendants. No bail applications were made during the briefing.
Mr. Keith O’Grady, BL attorney for Mr. Clarke, guided by solicitor Mullaney said that although no bail application has been issued, he maintains his position on the matter.
The defendant was given free legal aid after his attorney Mark Mullaney told the court he was disabled.
Attorney Pat Loftus for Francis Harmon also told the court he was reserving his position on bail. Signing up for free legal help, he says his client is on the Job Seeker’s Allowance.
Judge Murphy provided free legal aid.
His attorney, Edward Bradberry, appeared on behalf of John Irving, who also received free legal aid after the Judge heard he was on Jobseeker Benefit.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/three-men-appear-before-sligo-district-court-charged-with-aggravated-burglary-of-tom-niland-41433673.html Three men appear before Sligo District Court charged with aggravated burglary of Tom Niland