FOUR men have been before Killarney District Court charged with offences arising out an incident at a retail outlet in the town.
The men, two from Tralee and two from Castleisland, are accused of allegedly brandishing weapons in the course of the incident which occurred at The Reeks Gateway, Cleeny, Killarney, on October 27 last year.
Michael Quilligan, of 3 Mitchel's Road, Tralee; Jimmy Quilligan, 128 Cois na hAbhainn, Tralee; Michael O'Brien, 25 An Caisleán Mór, Castleisland, and Tony Quilligan, 16 Cahereens West, Castleisland, were each charged with possession of an article with intent to cause injury or intimidate a person, contrary to Section 9(5) of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act, 1990.
All four men were before Judge James O'Connor yesterday ( Tuesday).
Michael Quilligan is charged with brandishing a plastic hose pipe; Jimmy Quilligan is charged with brandishing a wooden stick; Michael O'Brien is charged with brandishing a metal bar, while Tony Quilligan is charged with brandishing a hammer.
Solicitor Patrick Daly appeared on behalf of Michael O'Brien, while Padraig O'Connell appeared on behalf of Michael Quilligan, Tony Quilligan and Jimmy Quilligan.
Judge O'Connor granted free legal aid to Michael Quilligan, Michael O'Brien and Tony Quilligan, whom the court heard had no assets, vehicles or bank accounts. However, an application for free legal aid for Jimmy Quilligan was refused.
Under questioning from the judge, Jimmy Quilligan said that he owned a 2006 registered van which he used to transport hay to his horse.
Judge O'Connor, in refusing free legal aid, told the accused to sell his van or his horse to pay for his legal costs. All matters were adjourned until the December 4 sitting of Killarney District Court.