Teen charged with having petrol bombs near witness
A TEENAGER has appeared at a special sitting of a district court on charges arising out of an alleged incident in Limerick city at the weekend where two petrol bombs were found close to the home of a state witness.
Christopher Keane (18), with an address at Derrymore East, O'Callaghans Mills, Co Clare, was brought before Ennis District Court at 5.30pm yesterday after he had been arrested and charged earlier in Limerick city.
The accused was first arrested on Saturday along with another man and questioned by gardai.
The youth faces one charge of possessing two petrol bombs with intent to damage a car in a way likely to endanger life.
He also faces a second charge under the Explosive Substance Act. The offences are alleged to have occurred on Saturday at an address in the southside of Limerick city, where the two petrol bombs were discovered.
Garda Paul Crowley of Roxboro Road garda station told Judge Olann Kelleher the accused made "no reply" in response to the charges.
Outlining the circumstances of the case, Gda Crowley claimed Mr Keane "is aligned with individuals in Limerick charged with serious offences at present". The garda also said "items" were found in close proximity to the home of a state witness who was under 24-hour protection and that the accused had been seen close to this witness in the past week.
Gda Crowley said the State objected to bail because of the seriousness of the charges. He told the court that the alleged offences were serious in nature and carried a term of imprisonment up to 14 years.
Applying for bail, solicitor Tara Godfrey said her client would be willing to remain with his parents, sign on at Ennis garda station every day and stay out of Limerick city.
However, Judge Kelleher acceded to the state request and refused bail, remanding the accused in custody to appear at Limerick District Court tomorrow.