A CROWD of up to 30 people rushed at two cousins last night as the pair were charged with the murders of two young parents.
Men, women and children -- many with hoods pulled over their faces -- roared obscenities and were held back by gardai as Patrick O'Brien (31) and Thomas Stewart (27) were brought under armed escort to Limerick courthouse.
The cousins were charged with the murders of Des Kelly (24) and Breda Waters (28) at 531 O'Malley Park, Southill, Co Limerick, on January 9. Both victims died from gunshot wounds.
Uniformed and armed officers had to restrain members of the public who attempted to get at the two accused as they were brought in a side entrance to the courthouse.
Members of both the Waters and Kelly families were inside the court for the short hearing.
Detective Garda Paraig O'Dwyer gave evidence of charging Mr O'Brien, with an address at Glanntan, Golf Links Road, Castletroy, Limerick, with the double murder. Mr Stewart, of The Cedars, Briarfield, Castletroy, Limerick, was charged with the murders by Detective Garda Pat Whelan.
Inspector Derek Smart asked that both accused be remanded in custody to appear before the same court via video link on Thursday. Solicitor Darach McCarthy was assigned to represent both of the accused.
Judge Tom O'Donnell noted that as both men faced murder charges, bail applications would be a matter for the High Court.
As he was being escorted from the courtroom, Mr O'Brien shouted "f**k ye" at members of the victims' families.
In response, people in the public gallery shouted "scumbag" and "f**k you" as he was led away.
Judge O'Donnell warned that he would clear the court if there was any repetition.
The cases were adjourned until Thursday when both will appear before Limerick District Court via video link from Limerick Prison.