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Sunday 22 October 2017

Man stole a large pan of bread from home after assaulting owner, court told

A MAN stole three-quarters of a sliced pan in a house break-in then hit the homeowner in front of his two-year-old child when confronted, it has been alleged.

Gary Royal (48) is accused of using an "unknown implement" to hit the man when he arrived home with his son.

It is alleged the defendant then left the house with the stolen bread and a camera.

The case was adjourned at Blanchardstown District Court.

Mr Royal, of Shancastle Park, Clondalkin, is charged with burglary at Liffey Valley Row, Liffey Valley Park, Lucan, last June 1.

SCREAMED

Sgt Mary Doherty said the DPP was consenting to summary disposal of the case.

She told the court it was alleged that an intruder entered the house by forcing a lock and the resident returned home with his two-year-old son while he was there.

The man confronted the intruder, who allegedly screamed and lunged at him, striking him on the arm with an "unknown implement".

The intruder left after stealing a digital camera and three-quarters of a sliced pan, Sgt Doherty said.

There was no other violence alleged.

Judge David McHugh said the case was "at the limit" of what he could deal with in the district court, but he accepted jurisdiction

The defendant has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge.

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