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Man denies stealing loaf and hitting homeowner

A MAN has denied breaking into a house, stealing three- quarters of a sliced pan and striking the homeowner in front of his two-year-old child.

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.

He pleaded not guilty at Blanchardstown District Court and the case against him was adjourned for hearing on a later date.

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

The alleged offence is under the Theft and Fraud Act and there is no other charge against him.

Judge David McHugh remanded the accused on continuing bail.

Previously, the court was told 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 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 Mary Doherty said.