An elderly couple – aged 84 and 79 – have been left “terrified in their home own home” that burglars who took jewellery, watches and gift vouchers – will return, a court has heard.
Coleraine Magistrates Court, on Monday, heard there had been a burglary at a dwelling at Finvoy Road, Ballymoney, on July 22 this year.
Three men originally from Slovakia – Mikulas Dansco (45), his son Robert Grulyo (18) and Edward Nemet (26) – all of the same address at Fingal Street in Belfast, are charged with burglary and going equipped for burglary with latex gloves and a screwdriver.
They appeared at court via video link from Maghaberry and Hydebank prisons.
A police officer objected to bail saying he believed if released the men were a flight risk.
He said the burglary victims were “vulnerable” elderly people who are “terrified in their own home” that the burglars will return.
The officer said a vehicle the three suspects had been stopped in had been reported in the Ballyrashane area near Coleraine on July 10 this year when a resident said two males had tried the front and back doors of a property.
Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy noted that after the Ballymoney burglary the defendants had been arrested in a vehicle and suspected stolen items had been found.
He said the burglary involved elderly people aged 79 and 84 and was a “very very nasty incident”.
The judge said the property “may well have been scouted out in advance”.
He said he was concerned that if released on bail “we will never see them again and they will go back to their own jurisdiction”.
The judge refused bail and the case was adjourned to September.