A VIOLENT robbery in Limerick city over the weekend has left a man in his 40s with severe stab wounds and recovering in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.
In the early hours of Saturday, gardai were called to an incident at an apartment block in Clare Street in the city, where it was alleged a violent robbery had taken place.
The man required six stitches for a wound to his hand and four stitches for injuries to his chest and abdomen. A special sitting of Limerick District Court on Sunday heard that the man received stab wounds to his shoulder, chest and abdomen.
Five people - two men and three women with addresses across the city - appeared in court charged in connection with the incident, which occurred on Saturday morning around 4am.
The defendants were charged under section 14 of the Criminal Justice Act (theft and fraud offences).
They are accused of taking a black Nokia mobile phone worth €100, as well as an ATM card worth €15.
The court heard that immediately after the alleged incident, the injured man identified an apartment where it took place, before he was treated for his injuries and taken to hospital.
John Coleman, 26, Clive Casey, 28, Amanda Coleman, 27, and Emer O’Connell, 30, were remanded to appear before Limerick District Court this Tuesday, after being charged in connection with the incident.
A fifth person, Pamela Maher, 29, of Upper Gerald Griffin Street, was released on bail and is also due to appear again on Tuesday.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy refused a bail application made by solicitor Sarah Ryan on behalf of Emer O’Connell, who has an address on Clare Street. This came after the application was opposed by Det Gda Gerard Healy.
An application for bail for John Coleman, of Clare Street, was refused, following opposition by Det Sgt Ronan McDonagh.
Casey, with an address at Clare Street, was remanded in custody, after the position on his bail was reserved until Tueday.
No application was made by Amanda Coleman, with an address at McGarry House, Alphonsus Street, who was remanded in custody to appear by video link on Tuesday morning.
Bail was granted for Maher, on the condition she signs on daily at Henry Street Garda Station, obeys a curefew between 10pm and 8am, and has no contact with the injured party.
The bail applications were made on behalf of the accused by solicitor Sarah Ryan.