Limerick man accused of ramming patrol car refused bail

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A CASTLETROY man who is accused of ramming an unmarked garda patrol car last week has been refused bail.

A CASTLETROY man who is accused of ramming an unmarked garda patrol car last week has been refused bail.

Gerard Doyle, aged 42, of Brú na Gruadán, Groody Road is accussed of intentionally or recklessly driving at the patrol car - creating a substantial risk of death or serious injury to the occupants - two female gardai.

The incident is alleged to have happened near the defendant’s home at around 1.30pm last Friday, September 7.

A gold Rover car and the patrol car - a red Toyota Corolla - were badly damaged during the incident.

Gardai were responding to an emergency 999 call in the area when the incident happened.

At Limerick District Court yesterday, Sgt Donal Cronin objected to a bail application which was made by solicitor John Devane.

Garda Marc McGauley, Henry Street, said he believed there was strong evidence in the case and he told the court Doyle could face a lengthy prison sentence if convicted on indictment.

In his evidence, the defendant said if released on bail he would abide by any conditions imposed by the court.

A neighbour of Doyle gave evidence during the bail hearing and disputed some of the earlier garda evidence.

After hearing details of the garda objection, Judge Eugene O’Kelly said he was refusing bail.

He remanded Doyle in custody to appear before the court again on October 9, next.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission is also investigating last week’s incident after it was referred to it by the Garda Commissioner.

Three people, including two female gardai, were hospitalised following last week’s collision.

The two gardai were discharged several hours later while the driver of the Rover car was detained in hospital overnight.