Two men appear in court in connection with spate of burglaries in south Kerry

Two men have appeared in court charged with the theft of cash in Killarney on the day of the Munster Football Final. Listowel Courthouse 36 year old Thomas Coffey of 69 Fountain Court, Tralee and 31 year old Batty Coffey of 55 Gallowsfield, Tralee appeared before Listowel District Court. Both Thomas and Batty Coffey are charged with stealing the money from a house in Killarney on July 5th last. Batty Coffey is also charged with entering a house in Farranfore with the intention of committing theft on the same day  and with stealing copper and metals worth 1,000 euro in Kells on June 5th last. Thomas Coffey is facing a second charge of handling stolen property namely a Nintendo Wii games console at 8 Fountain Court, Tralee on July 8th. The charge relating to the theft of cash from the Killarney house is to be sent forward to the Circuit Criminal Court with the remainder to be dealt with in the District Court. Solicitor Padraig O’Connell applied for bail for both men. However, the state objected to bail on a number of grounds including the serious nature of the offence and the likelihood the offenders will reoffend. Judge James O’Connor described the bail application as a charade, denied it and remanded both men in custody to reappear before Tralee District Court next Wednesday.