Saturday 24 February 2018

Gardaí found two shotguns, knuckle dusters and iron bars at bikers' club

Biker Andrew O'Donoghue, who was shot in Limerick in 2015
Biker Andrew O'Donoghue, who was shot in Limerick in 2015

Eoin Reynolds

Gardaí found two shotguns, pepper spray, iron bars, axe handles, knuckle dusters and knives when they searched a bikers' clubhouse and cars where a man was shot dead.

The weapons were found by gardaí investigating the death of Andrew O'Donoghue (51), who died after being shot at Murroe, Co Limerick, on June 20, 2015.

Alan McNamara (51), of Mountfune, Murroe, Co Limerick, has pleaded not guilty to his murder. Mr McNamara's stepson Robert Cusack (28), of Abington, Murroe, has pleaded not guilty to impeding Mr McNamara's apprehension knowing or believing him to have committed a serious offence. They are being tried together at the Central Criminal Court.

The court previously heard that Mr McNamara was a member of the Caballeros motorcycle club and Mr O'Donoghue was a member of the rival Road Tramps club. Road Tramps member Seamus Duggan yesterday told Mr McNamara's defence counsel Hugh Hartnett SC that a number of items were kept at the club for protection.

Looking at photographs taken by gardaí, Mr Duggan identified a hurley, sticks, axe handles, iron bars, a knife and pepper spray cans found in the clubhouse. He also identified knuckle dusters, pepper spray cans and shotguns that Mr Hartnett said were found in cars and a caravan at the scene.

James McCormack is also a member of the Road Tramps. He told prosecuting counsel Michael Delaney SC that he and fellow club member Raymond Neilon went to Kelly's pub in Doon, Co Limerick, on Friday, June 19, after being told that someone wearing motorcycle club colours had been seen there. As Mr Neilon and Mr McCormack arrived in separate cars, Mr McNamara emerged from the pub wearing the colours of the Caballeros club on his jacket. Mr McCormack said there was concern that the Caballeros planned to "get rid" of the Road Tramps.

Scuffle

Once out of his jeep, Mr McCormack said he confronted Mr McNamara and asked him where he was going wearing Caballero colours. He told him to take the jacket off but Mr McNamara refused. He said there was a scuffle and himself and Mr Neilon took the jacket off Mr McNamara. A third member of the Road Tramps, Seamus Duggan, held Mr McNamara's wife back after she tried to intervene.

Giving his evidence, Mr Neilon said once they had the jacket all three of them got into Mr McCormack's jeep. As they drove off, Mr McNamara threw his helmet at them and shouted: "Neilon, you're dead. We're going to get you."

Under cross-examination Mr McCormack told Mr Hartnett that he had heard that somebody went to Mr McNamara's house later that Friday night and threatened Mr McNamara and his family. He said that he heard that the person who went there was a member of the club but added that he believes that person has an alibi.

He agreed with Mr Hartnett that the alleged threats to burn down Mr McNamara's home and kill his family were serious.

The trial will continue on Monday in front of Justice Paul McDermott and a jury of seven men and four women.

Irish Independent

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