Thursday 20 July 2017

Armed gardai on patrol amid fears over city feud

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

ARMED gardai are patrolling a city suburb amid fears of an outbreak of violence between two feuding factions.

The revelation came as gardai objected to bail for a man charged with false imprisonment after they claimed he was the leader of one of the factions.

Philip Murphy (40) was formally charged before a special sitting of Cork District Court on Saturday. Gardai said the matter was related to a road collision on Cork's Harbourview Road on May 13 in which two teens lost their lives.

Mr Murphy, of Killala Gardens, Knocknaheeny, Cork, denies he is the leader of any faction in a feud on the city's northside and insisted he was innocent of the charge now levelled against him.

Detective Garda Matthew Walsh told the court that, after being cautioned and charged, Mr Murphy made no reply to gardai.

Mr Murphy, who told gardai he was a heroin addict, is charged with the false imprisonment of a young man last Thursday on Harbourview Road.

Det Gda Walsh objected to Mr Murphy being granted bail.

Risk

The incident in question was a collision between a Volkswagen Golf containing two men and a Ford Mondeo containing five people.

It resulted in the Mondeo careering down an embankment and into the gable end of a house.

CJ Dolan (16), a backseat passenger in the Mondeo, died shortly after being rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Derry O'Callaghan (19), who was also travelling in the Mondeo, died in CUH on Friday morning.

Det Gda Walsh told Judge Brian Sheridan that gardai, in the wake of recent incidents, had conducted a risk assessment of the Knocknaheeny area, where he said tensions were running at a very high level.

He said extra manpower had been brought into the Knocknaheeny area and that armed gardai were now on patrol.

He said that two factions in the area were currently engaged in a feud -- and he told the court that gardai believed the defendant was associated with one of the factions.

Mr Murphy told the court that the feud had been ongoing for two years, but did not involve him.

The judge was told that gardai also had concerns Mr Murphy might interfere with witnesses if granted bail. He remanded Mr Murphy in custody and ordered that he appear before the court tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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