Monday 19 August 2019

Man awaiting trial refused bail to attend his grandmother's funeral

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Alison O'Riordan

A Limerick man accused of threatening to kill another man and damaging property has been refused bail by the Special Criminal Court.

Larry McCarthy (37), with addresses at Old Cork Road, Limerick, and Cornmarket Villas in Limerick, is charged with threatening to kill Noel Moore at Windsor House, Donoughmore, Limerick on July 28 2015.

He is also charged with threatening to damage Mr Moore's house in Donoughmore on the same date. The Special Criminal Court previously fixed a trial date of June 19th next year.

Mr McCarthy is facing separate charges, also at the Special Criminal Court, that he and two other people threatened to use "unlawful violence" and that he assaulted David Foran at Cornmarket Villas on November 25th, 2014. A trial date of July 3rd next year was previously fixed for those charges.

Today, the State objected to Mr McCarthy's application for compassionate bail to attend his grandmother's funeral in Limerick.

Detective Sergeant John Cleary, of Roxboro Road Garda Station in Limerick, told the three-judge, non-jury court that there was an objection to bail on the grounds that Mr McCarthy is a "serious flight risk" and there was "potential of interfering with witnesses."

Det Sgt Cleary agreed with defence counsel, Mark Thompson BL, that there has always been strong objections to Mr McCarthy getting bail.

Mr Thompson told the court that his client wanted to pay his respects to his grandmother "in any shape or form." However Det Sgt Cleary said there were no bail conditions which Mr McCarthy could offer to appease his concerns.

Mr Justice Paul Butler said that Mr McCarthy had already been refused bail last week under Section 2A of the Bail Act on the evidence of Chief Superintendent David Sheahan.

Mr Justice Butler said that the court must be "proportionate" and nothing had changed in favour of the applicant since last week.

Mr Justice Butler, presiding with Judge Robert Eagar and Judge Sinead Ni Chulachain, then refused the accused's man application.

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