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Five charged in stand-off after garda injured


Case: John Quilligan arriving at court with gardai

Case: John Quilligan arriving at court with gardai

Case: John Quilligan arriving at court with gardai

FIVE people have been charged following a two-hour stand-off in which a garda sergeant received serious head and eye injuries and another officer was left badly shaken.

The five appeared before Mallow District Court in Cork after being arrested on Monday morning following a melee in Midleton in which knives, shovels, a step-ladder and sticks were produced.

One garda remains in hospital following the incident.

Simon Quilligan, who is in his forties and the father of 16 children, and two of his sons, John (22) and Sammy (18), together with his daughter Lisa Grey (27) and her boyfriend Patrick Cash (22), were all charged with the same offence.

They are charged that, on December 15 at Ballymartin, Dungourney, Midleton, Co Cork, while threatening to kill or commit serious bodily harm in the course of a dispute, they produced an article capable of inflicting serious injury.

The articles involved included knives, shovels, a rake, a step ladder and sticks contrary to Section 11 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act, 1990.

Inspector Tony O’Sullivan said the defendants made no reply after they were arrested.

The State objected to bail for the five accused. The court was told that during a two-hour stand-off at the gateway to the Quilligan’s home at Ballymartin, Patrick Cash threatened to kill gardai with a stick.

Gardai also expressed concerns about a bail application for Lisa Grey because of her lack of a permanent address.

Solicitor Joe Cuddigan told Judge Brian Sheridan there was no flight risk.

Grey agreed to reside at a named address and sign on at the Bridewell Garda Station.

She also undertook to have no contact with any co-accused except by phone, with the exception of her partner, Patrick Cash, and to stay away from anywhere east of Dunkettle roundabout.

The State also objected to bail for John Quilligan because of the seriousness of the charge and because he is alleged to have threatened gardai. Mr Quilligan lives at Shannon Lawn in Mayfield, Cork. He is a father of seven and his partner is expecting their eighth child.

The state also objected to a bail application on behalf of Simon Quilligan (46) for legal reasons.

He is the father of 16 children, five of whom are under the age of 18. An objection to bail was also made in the case of Sammy Quilligan because of the seriousness of the charges.

Judge Sheridan granted bail to four of the defendants. He remanded Patrick Cash in custody to appear before Midleton District Court again tomorrow so that he can furnish proof of a permanent address.

John, Simon and Sammy Quilligan together with Ms Grey were released on bail to appear before Midleton District Court on January 15.

However, they have to abide by certain bail conditions.

These include residing at the addresses furnished to the court and signing on daily at their named local garda stations.

All four were told that they could not go east of the Dunkettle roundabout.

They were also warned not to indulge in alcohol pending the court process.

Free legal aid was granted to all five defendants.