Man charged with incitement to hatred in Limerick

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

Kilmallock Court
A 49-YEAR-OLD man was charged in Kilmallock Court under the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act.

A 49-YEAR-OLD man was charged in Kilmallock Court under the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act.

Garda Annette Courtney gave evidence of arresting, charging and cautioning Mark Hobbs, of Herlihys Flats, Lord Edward Street, Kilmallock.

“In reply he said, ‘I’m sorry, it was the drink. I didn’t mean to do it’,” said Garda Courtney.

Mr Hobbs’ solicitor, Brendan Gill, said he had no questions. The defendant was previously charged with criminal damage arising out of the same alleged incident.

It is alleged that Mr Hobbs wrote “Pakis out now perverts s*** c**** and murders” in white paint on the door of Megabytes, Sarsfield Street, Kilmallock, a restaurant owned by Pakistani nationals, on September 14, 2014.

Sergeant Michelle Leahy said gardai have received DPP directions to prosecute on indictment.

She applied for an adjournment for the book of evidence to be prepared. The case was put back until March. Mr Gill said he had no difficulties with this as his client is on bail.