Cousins in court after violent attack in Newcastle West

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Solicitor Michael O'Donnell: Application for legal aid granted
TWO cousins were granted bail when they appeared in court charged in connection with a violent incident in Newcastle West last week.

TWO cousins were granted bail when they appeared in court charged in connection with a violent incident in Newcastle West last week.

A 22-year-old man from Rathkeale was treated at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital after he was attacked outside the social welfare offices at Sheehan’s Road, Newcastle West on April 23, last.

While not life threatening, the man sustained a number of serious injuries during the incident.

AT Limerick Court, Det Garda Jerry O’Sullivan, gave evidence of formally arresting and charging Michael Harty, aged 22, of Deel Side, Askeaton. He is accused of assault causing harm and he is also charged with producing a weapon, namely a hammer, during the course of the last week’s incident.

During the same court sitting, Det Garda Joe O’Sullivan gave evidence of arresting and charging Myles Harty, aged 39, of Friary Court, Askeaton in connection with the same incident.

He is also charged with assault causing harm and with producing a “large stick” during the incident, which happened on the public roadway during broad daylight.

Sgt Donal Cronin told the court that a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the incident and that directions will be sought in relation to the case.

He added that there was no garda objection to bail subject to a number of strict conditions.

Both men were granted free legal aid by the court and solicitor Michael O’Donnell was assigned to represent them.

As a condition of their bail, both men were ordered to “stay out of the Rathkeale area” pending the conclusion of the proceedings against them.

Each of the accused must live at their home address and they must also obey a nightly curfew between 10pm and 8am.

Judge O’Kelly also ordered that they sign-on at Newcastle West garda station three times a week.

In addition to staying out of Rathkeale, both men were ordered not to have any contact with the alleged injured party or with any of the potential witnesses in the case.

Noting that directions were not yet available from the DPP, the judge adjourned the case for mention at Newcastle West Court on May 10, next.