Burglary puts elderly person in fear, court hears

A woman and a juvenile have been charged with a burglary incident which left an elderly person in fear, the Galway District Court heard this week.

Tara Gardiner (33 ) with an address at 12 Beechwood Park, Ballybane, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons appeared before Judge Mary Fahy at Monday’s sitting both charged with burglary at a house in Meadow Grove, Ballybane on October 14, 2012. The juvenile was further charged with being in possession of certain articles with intent to use them while committing an offence on the same date.

Garda Hugh Rodgers gave evidence of arresting both defendants in the Meadow Grove area and later charging them with the offences at Galway Garda Station.

In the case of Gardiner Garda Rodgers objected to bail being granted due to the seriousness of the charge, that she lives near the elderly injured party who is “fearful”, and that Gardiner might not turn up to court.

Defence solicitor Olivia Traynor said that her client intends on moving to Ostlerley Lodge in Salthill, is willing to stay out of the Ballybane/Mervue area and abide by a curfew.

Judge Fahy remanded Gardiner in further custody with consent to bail on her own surety of €600 and independent surety of €1,000, one half to be lodged and to be approved by the court. Conditions of bail is that she reside at Osterley Lodge or other address to be notified to the State within 24 hours, abide by a curfew of between 9pm and 8am, sign on three times a week at Salthill Garda Station, stay away from the complainant, property, witnesses or co-accused. Legal aid was also granted and she is to appear in court again October 22.

Garda Rodgers also objected to bail in the case of the juvenile due to the seriousness of the charge, that the injured party is fearful, that the latest offences were committed while he was on station bail, and the “high likelihood” of re-offending.

Ms Traynor said that the parents of the accused are willing to go bail and have him reside at a specific address. Stressing that the offences were committed while the accused was on bail Judge Fahy refused bail and remanded the youth in further custody to appear again at the Galway Juvenile Court today, October 18. Legal aid was also granted.

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