Two cousins have been charged with burglary at a special sitting of Limerick District Court.

One of the charges relates to burglary at the home of John O'Donoghue, 62, at Toomaline, Co Limerick on 27 August.

Mr O'Donoghue collapsed and died outside his home shortly after he returned to the house and discovered the burglary.

A post-mortem carried out by State Pathologist Marie Cassidy on Mr O’Donoghue confirmed that he had had a heart attack.

Michael Casey, 32, with an address at Clonlong, Southill in Limerick and his cousin David Casey, 20, with an address at Carragh Park, Coolock in Dublin appeared in court this morning.

They were charged with three counts of burglary and one of criminal damage at several addresses in Co Limerick last Thursday.

Garda William Collins gave evidence of arresting and formally charging Michael Casey last  night.

He replied: "I really am sorry for the death of that man" in response to each of the charges.

David Casey made no reply when charged.

Judge Marie Keane remanded both men in custody to appear before Limerick District Court on Tuesday 1 September.