Armed gardai deployed to Kilmallock after disturbance

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Mega Bites, where the alleged incident took place
ARMED garda were deployed to Kilmallock over the Bank Holiday weekend to assist local gardai following a disturbance in the town.

ARMED garda were deployed to Kilmallock over the Bank Holiday weekend to assist local gardai following a disturbance in the town.

Members of the Regional Support Unit (RSU), which is based at Henry Street garda station, responded to reports on Monday evening that gardai required assistance to apprehend a man who was suspected of carrying a weapon.

A man was subsequently arrested following the arrival of the RSU in the town.

There are no reports of any injuries resulting from the incident.

On Tuesday morning, Mark Hobbs, aged 48, with an address at Lord Edward Street, Kilmallock appeared before Limerick Court after he was charged under the provisions of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act in connection with the incident.

He is accused of having in his possession an offensive weapon, namely a kitchen knife, at Mega Bites fast food restaurant on Sarsfield Street, Kilmallock on June 3 last.

Hobbs was granted bail and is due to appear before Kilmallock Court on Friday, June 21 next.

During the hearing, Judge Eugene O’Kelly imposed a number of bail conditions on the defendant.

Hobbs was ordered to sign on three times a week at Kilmallock garda station and he must surrender his passport to gardai.

He was also ordered to be of sober habits and to be of good behaviour and to stay away from the location of the alleged offence between now and the next court sitting.

During Tuesday’s brief court hearing, Sergeant Donal Cronin of Henry Street garda station said a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the incident.