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A district court judge has refused an application for legal aid by two Polish men accused of burglary at the home of an elderly woman while she was at mass.
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Robert Jakubaues and Serafin Grabowski are accused of the offence at Bansha, Killorglin on Tuesday. Thirty-four-year-old Robert Jakubaues and twenty-nine-year-old Serafin Grabowski, both with addresses at Reeks View, Dunmaniheen, Killorglin, are accused of entering the house between 10.30am and 12.30pm on October 13th. Mr Jakubaues is also accused of theft. The owner of the house, a woman in her 70s, was at Mass at the time the alleged offence occurred, Killorglin District Court heard. Solicitor Padraig O’Connell applied for legal aid, saying both men had no means whatsoever. But Judge James O’Connor refused the application, saying they could pay their own costs. He said the damage done was psychological and the woman would never feel safe in her own home again. He remanded both men on bail but warned if there was as much as ‘a sneeze in the wrong direction’ the gardai would bring them back in again.