Man charged over stand-off at Limerick flat

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Robert Browne leaving Limerick Courthouse
A 38-YEAR-OLD man was granted bail when he appeared in court charged in connection with an eight-hour stand-off in the city over the weekend.

A 38-YEAR-OLD man was granted bail when he appeared in court charged in connection with an eight-hour stand-off in the city over the weekend.

Robert Browne, of no fixed abode, is accused of entering a building at John’s Street as a trespasser on Friday evening, March 29.

It is alleged that he barricaded himself into the property and produced an offensive article, namely a knife, during the stand-off, which lasted for several hours.

Browne was formally charged at Henry Street garda station on Saturday night, and appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court yesterday afternoon.

The eight-hour stand off saw the street closed off and around 20 gardai, including members of the armed Regional Support Unit were deployed at the scene.

Trained garda negotiators from Cork were utilised in a effort to bring an end to the stand-off, which began at 3pm on Friday afternoon.

At a brief hearing, Limerick District Court was told by Browne’s solicitor John Devane, that the issue his client had was “effectively a housing matter”.

The state did not object to bail, which Judge Aeneas McCarthy granted subject to a number of conditions.

These include a stipulation that he resides at an address in the Abbeylock area of Corbally, that he signs at Henry Street garda three times a week and that any communication he might have regarding housing with the HSE, the Novas Initiatives charity in Mungret Street, or the Homeless Persons Centre are made by an agreed intermediary.

Browne must also obey a curfew between 10am and 7am, and notify Det Gda David Baynham of any change in his address.

There was a large group of his family and friends in the public gallery for his hearing.

He is due in court again for direction from the Director of Public Prosecutions on April 24, next.