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Court warns that charges related to armed burglary may be struck out

Liam Keane in 2003
Liam Keane in 2003

A judge has indicated she will strike out a charge of aggravated burglary against Liam Keane if the State does not produce a book of evidence in the case within two weeks.

Mr Keane, 32, of Singland Gardens, Ballysimon, Limerick, is alleged to have broken into a house with a large butchers knife and threatened a man and his pregnant partner in their bedroom.

The woman was nine weeks pregnant at the time.

Mr Keane is alleged to have been armed with a knife while committing a burglary at the family's house in St Sennan's Street, St Mary's Park on May 29, 2016.

Mr Keane's solicitor argued in court that the matter be marked peremptory against the State because of lengthy delays in the case.

Mr Keane first appeared in court charged in relation to the matter in June last year.

Inspector John Moloney, Henry Street garda station, requested a further remand period for the completion of a book of evidence.

Judge Marian O'Leary granted a two-week stay on the charge and marked the case peremptory against the State, meaning the charge is likely to be struck out if the State does not produce a book of evidence on this date.

Mr Keane was remanded on continuing bail on condition he continue to abide by conditions imposed at a previous court sitting, including that he obey a midnight curfew and sign on at his local garda station.

Judge O'Leary remanded Mr Keane to appear before Limerick District Court on June 23, for presentation of a book of evidence.