TWO Limerick city men who are accused of abducting and threatening to kill a teenage boy were refused bail following strong garda objections.
Michael Kirby, aged 31, who has addresses in Janesboro and Prospect and Daniel Kelly, aged 18, of O’Malley Park, Southill are each accused of falsely imprisoning the 18-year-old at an address at Hyde Road on September 14, last.
They are also accused of threatening to kill the youth at an area, known locally as The Rock near Caledonian Field on the same date.
Opposing a bail application, Detective Garda John Keane alleged Michael Kirby called to the home of the victim and lured him into his car on the pretence of clearing a €150 drug debt.
He said it will the State case that he was driven to an address in Keyes Park where he was locked in the car for around 10 minutes. It is alleged Mr Kelly was then collected at his home and that both defendants brought the teenager to a location in Janesboro.
He was then forced to go to an area known as The Rock where he was beaten across the legs with a claw hammer.
It alleged Mr Kirby put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.
However, the gun didn’t go off, at which point Mr Kirby is alleged to have said: “You’re lucky I’ve no bullets or you’d be dead – I was going to take you down the bog.”
It is further alleged the teenager was then taken to a house at Hyde Road where he was locked in a room for around 30 minutes.
Detective Garda Keane said he did not believe the defendant would abide by any bail conditions, if released, and that he will commit further serious offences.
Garda Fiona O’Connell said she believed Daniel Kelly has access to finances and might attempt to flee the jurisdiction as his family own property in Lanzarote.
She added that she believes Mr Kelly, if released would, attempt to intimidate potential witnesses in the case.
Judge Marian O’Leary was told senior garda management have been briefed on the investigation and that an operation has been put in place as the injured party is in fear of his life.