August 18, 2022

Burglars arrested after being tackled by hero Kilkenny farmer and son back in court

Two men due to reappear in court on Monday after they were remanded in custody following a break-in at a Kilkenny farm which resulted in a dramatic manhunt involving the Garda helicopter.

The two men were remanded to Cloverhill Prison in Dublin following a special sitting of Carlow District Court on Thursday afternoon.

A third man has been released to reappear in court at a future date.

Edward Carthy (25), of 27 Rioch Street, Kilkenny is charged with burglary and assault.

Jimmy Carthy (20), from the Wetlands Halting Site, is charged with burglary.

A fourth man arrested in relation to the burglary was released after questioning and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The charges relate to an incident last Monday night when a Kilkenny farmer and his son bravely tackled burglars when they discovered them on their farmyard at Ossory Hill, Johnswell.

One man was arrested at the farm after being restrained by the farmer and his son. Two more were arrested just hours after the burglary occurred thanks to the assistance of the Garda helicopter, working in tandem with local gardai on the ground.

The fourth man was arrested in Thomastown early Wednesday morning.

Gardai are still hunting a fifth man who was seen fleeing across the fields of the farm.

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