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Accused apologises for role in robbery after which Limerick man died

CourtsBy David Raleigh
Michael Casey being brought to court
Michael Casey being brought to court
David Casey being brought to court
David Casey being brought to court

One of two cousins charged with burglary at a house, where a man was found dead on Thursday, told Gardai, "I really am sorry for the death of that man," a court heard today.

David Casey, 20, of Carragh Park, Coolock, Dublin 17, and Michael Casey, 32, with an address at Bay 9, Clonglong Halting Site, Limerick, were brought before a special sitting of Limerick District Court this afternoon.

The two accused men were each charged with entering the home of John O'Donoghue at Toomaline, Upper Doon, Co Limerick, on August 27th, and stealing a ladies gold watch valued at €200, and stealing £30 pounds sterling, contrary to Section 12 (1) (b) and (3) of the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Offences Act.

Mr O'Donoghue, 62, was found dead at his home on Thursday afternoon after a burglary at the house.

A post mortem carried out on his body at University Hospital Limerick on Friday confirmed he died of a heart attack.

Garda Bill Collins, Cappamore Garda station, gave evidence of charging David Casey with three counts of burglary, and one count of causing criminal damage.

Garda Collins told the court Michael Casey replied: "I really am sorry for the death of that man", to each of the four counts.

Garda Elaine O'Donovan, Bruff Garda station, told the court, after she arrested and charged David Casey, he did not say anything.