Two charged over County Limerick murder

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Alan McNamara (blue top) and Robert Cusack arriving at Limerick District Court. Dermot McKenna is pictured below [Pictures: Press 22]
TWO men have been remanded in custody after they appeared in court charged in connection with the murder of Andrew O’Donoghue in Murroe last weekend.

TWO men have been remanded in custody after they appeared in court charged in connection with the murder of Andrew O’Donoghue in Murroe last weekend.

The 51-year-old father-of-one died after he was shot in the head near the Road Tramps MC clubhouse shortly before 3pm last Saturday.

This evening, Alan McNamara, aged 48, of Mountfune, Murroe was brought before a special sitting of Limerick District Court charged with murdering Mr O’Donoghue, whose funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon.

Detective Garda Niall Fitzgerald said the defendant replied “I’m sorry” when he was formally charged at Roxboro Road garda station shortly after 4pm.

McNamara’s stepson - Robert Cusack, aged 25, of Abington, Murroe - appeared before the court charged with impeding the garda investigation of the murder.

Detective Garda Fergal Hanrahan told the court he replied “sorry for my part in this” when the charge was put to him.

Both men were granted legal aid and both were remanded in custody and are due to appear in court against Tuesday.

Two other men - both aged in their 40s - who were also being questioned about the murder of Mr O’Donoghue have been released without charge.

Separately, a Limerick city man was refused bail after he was charged in connection with a shooting the following day, which is alleged to have been in “direct retaliation” for Mr O’Donoghue’s murder.

Dermot McKenna, aged 49, of Hillview Park, St Patrick’s Road is charged with possession of a shotgun in suspicious circumstances, reckless discharge of a firearm and criminal damage at Newcastle Court, Dublin Road, on June 21, 2015.

It is alleged the grandfather discharged two shots at an apartment complex where a member of a rival motorcycle gang lives.

Objecting to bail, Detective Garda Barry O’Grady alleged that McKenna told gardai in interviews that he had “lost the head” following the murder of his best friend and that he admitted carrying out the shooting.

Inspector Ronan McDonagh said there were women and children living in the area and “given the circumstances of this feud gardai have to have concern of the ordinary decent citizens of Limerick”.

Solicitor, Ted McCarthy said his client has no history of violence and that would comply with any bail conditions imposed by the court.

He rejected suggestions that he likely to commit further criminal offences if released.

Judge O’Leary refused bail and remanded McKenna in custody to appear in court again next Tuesday.

There was a large garda presence in the vicinity of Limerick Courthouse for this evening’s special court sitting.

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