Limerick man in court on pipe bomb charges

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A BALLINACURRA Weston man has been refused bail after he was charged with possession of a pipe-bomb in the city earlier this year.

A BALLINACURRA Weston man has been refused bail after he was charged with possession of a pipe-bomb in the city earlier this year.

Stephen Mulqueen, 19, of Lenihan Avenue is charged under the provisions of the Explosives Substances Act with having the device at an address at Greenmount Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston on May 15 last.

It is alleged the pipe-bomb, which failed to detonate, was thrown in through the front window of the house shortly after midnight on the night of the offence.

Detective Garda David Nolan, Roxboro, told the court the accused was arrested and charged on foot of directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Judge Eamon O’Brien was told Stephen Mulqueen, who wore a blue tee-shirt in court, said “I’m sorry” when he was formally charged.

A bail application, made by solicitor Jenny Fitzgibbon was opposed by gardai due to the serious nature of the alleged offence and the likely sentence which will imposed if Mr Mulqueen is convicted.

Having considered the evidence, Judge O’Brien said he was satisfied not to grant bail to Mr Mulqueen.

He remanded him in custody until Thursday next, July 28, when he will appear before the court again via video link from Limerick Prison.