Saturday 17 February 2018

Man described as 'head' of Dundon McCarthy gang accused of threatening to kill sister's father-in-law, court hears

Man described as 'head' of Dundon McCarthy gang accused of threatening to kill sister's father-in-law, court hears
Man described as 'head' of Dundon McCarthy gang accused of threatening to kill sister's father-in-law, court hears

David Raleigh

A man, who gardai alleged to be the "head" of the notorious Dundon McCarthy criminal gang, has been been charged with threatening to kill his sister's father-in-law, in Limerick, last Tuesday.

Larry McCarthy, 37, of Towerlodge, Old Cork Rd, Limerick, was brought before a special sitting of Kilmallock District Court this evening and charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Noel Moore, at his home at Windsor House, Donoghmore, Co Limerick, on July 28th last.

Noel Moore, a well-known stall holder at the Limerick Milk Market, is the father of TJ Moore, who is married to Larry McCarthy's sister Lauren McCarthy.

In opposing bail Detective Garda Niall Fitzgerald, Roxboro Road garda station, told the court: "Larry McCarthy is the head of the McCarthy Dundon organisation."

"He has known links to criminals around the country and to criminals on an international level," he added.

Det Fitzgerald said he believed Mr McCarthy "posed an immediate and viable threat" to Noel Moore.

"He has ready access to firearms and can carry out the alleged threat he made," Det Fitzgerald added.

"Noel Moore is in fear of his life and he fully believes Larry McCarthy intends to carry out the alleged threat."

Det Fitzgerald alleged Larry McCarthy drove to Mr Moore's home on Tuesday morning "in anger over TJ Moore's treatment of Larry McCarthy's father".

Larry McCarthy's father -- Larry senior -- is also a well known Limerick Milk Market stall holder and is lifelong friends with Noel Moore.

Det Fitzgerald said that Noel Moore stated that Larry McCarthy junior drive to his house "in a temper" and told him: "I'll torment you the way TJ tormented my father."

Mr Moore allegedly told gardai that the accused pointed at him and told him: "I'm going to f*****g shoot you."

Mr Moore also allegedly told gardai the accused told him: "I'm going to get my buddies to burn your house to the ground."

Det Fitzgerald said CCTV at Mr Moore's home showed the accused entering and exiting Mr Moore's home.

He also told the court the accused was arrested driving a black 2010 D registered 7 series BMW, which he said was captured on CCTV in the Donoghmore area on the morning in question.

"Five phones were seized in the vehicle. A download of the phones discovered texts after the alleged incident. The texts referred to Noel Moore's house and vehicles that were parked there," Det Fitzgerald said.

"This amounted to surveillance of Noel Moore's house by Larry McCarthy and his associates," he added.

Det Fitzgerald agreed with solicitor Ted McCarthy that gardai had not established who the owners of the phones were.

The Garda told the court: "It's my belief (Larry McCarthy junior) will commit further serious offences, up to and including, loss of life."

Ted McCarthy said Larry McCarthy drove to Mr Moore's house on the morning in question to discuss an internal family matter involving his sister and Mr Moore's son TJ.

He said his client has "consistently denied" making any threat.

"The nature and strength of the evidence is not strong. There is no independent corroboration of anything," the solicitor said.

"It isn't a matter of evidence, it is innuendo," the solicitor added.

Judge Marian O'Leary said she was opposing bail because Mr Moore had made a statement to gardai that he was "terrified" Larry McCarthy would carry out the alleged threat.

"I have to oppose bail in these circumstances."

She described the allegations involving the two related families as "very sad".

Mr McCarthy was remanded in custody to appear before Limerick District Court on August 5th.

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