Strike marks found at house where Limerick man was 'nailed to floor'

Trial of Southill man continues at Special Criminal Court

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Strike marks found at house where Limerick man was 'nailed to floor'

Mark Heffernan denies assaulting and falsely imprisoning Dan Quilligan - Picture: Press 22

STRIKE marks made by nails were found in the kitchen of a house in the city, where a 53 year old man was allegedly nailed to the floor, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

The alleged victim, Dan Quilligan, has previously  told the court that two or three men assaulted him before his left foot was nailed with a nail-gun to the kitchen floor. 

Mark Heffernan, aged 33, of Swallow Drive, John Carew Park, Southill denies assaulting Mr Quilligan, causing him harm, at a house at Larch Court on September 14, 2015. 

He has also denied falsely imprisoning Mr Quilligan, who is from Rathkeale, at the same address on the same date. 

It is the prosecution case that three men were involved in a "joint enterprise" during which Mr Quilligan was hit in the face and his left foot was nailed with a nail-gun to the kitchen floor.

Giving evidence at the non-jury court his Monday, Detective Garda Alan Curry of the ballistics section at the Garda Technical Bureau, told Tara Burns SC, prosecuting, that he conducted a forensic examination of the house at Larch Court following the incident.

He said he found a number of "strike-marks" on the kitchen floor.

The court heard that two of the strike-marks were consistent with having been "struck by a nail".

The trial continues in front of Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, sitting with Judge John O'Hagan and Judge Ann Ryan.