Limerick man claims knuckle duster was ‘a piece of jewellery’

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
A YOUNG man who is accused of having a knuckle duster in suspicious circumstances has been refused bail.

A YOUNG man who is accused of having a knuckle duster in suspicious circumstances has been refused bail.

Peter McNamara, aged 21, of Island View Terrace appeared before Limerick Court yesterday afternoon.

He is charged with possession of a “knuckle duster with raised barbs” at Assumpta Park, King’s Island on Monday night.

Det Garda Donal Moynihan said when McNamara was charged he replied “it was just for self defence”.

Det Garda Moynihan disputed claims put forward by solicitor John Devane that the knuckle duster was a piece of jewellery which McNamara hung around his neck.

Sgt Donal Cronin said gardai were opposing a bail application and he also sought to have McNamara’s bail in relation to separate charges revoked.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the defendant was granted bail on July 2, last after he was charged with possession of two batons at Assumpta Park.

It is alleged the batons were each around 20cm in length and that McNamara had them to “cause injury” or intimidate a person.

Sgt Cronin said one of the conditions of bail was that he stay away from Assumpta Park - where he was arrested on Monday evening.

Judge O’Kelly said he had concerns and he revoked McNamara’s bail.