Two charged with falsely imprisoning Limerick teenager

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Two men have been charged with falsely imprisoning a Limerick teenager
TWO men were remanded in custody this Wednesday after they were charged in connection with an incident during which a teenage boy was allegedly abducted and attacked with a claw hammer.

TWO men were remanded in custody this Wednesday after they were charged in connection with an incident during which a teenage boy was allegedly abducted and attacked with a claw hammer.

Michael Kirby, aged 31, who has address in Janesboro and Prospect and Daniel Kelly, aged 18, of O’Malley Park, Southill are each accused of falsely imprisoning the 18-year-old at an address at Hyde Road on September 14, last.

They are also accused of threatening to kill the youth at an area, known as The Rock - near Caledonian Field on the same date.

This Wednesday afternoon, Judge Marian O’Leary was told both men were arrested at their homes at around 7.30am on Monday and that they were formally charged late on Tuesday night.

Neither of the defendants made any reply when charged. Mr Kirby was remanded in custody pending a bail application this Friday while Mr Kelly was refused bail following a strong garda objection.

Opposing bail, Garda Fiona O’Connell said it will be alleged the injured party was lured from his home at around 6.45pm on September 14, last on the pretence he was to clear his name over a €150 drugs debt how owed,

She said he later told gardai he was driven to an address in John Carew Park where he was locked in a car for around ten minutes before being taken to a location in Janesboro.

It is alleged the youth was then forced to go to an area known as The Rock where he was beaten across the legs with a claw hammer.

It alleged Mr Kirby also put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.

However, when the gun didn’t go off Mr Kirby is alleged to have said: “You’re lucky I’ve no bullets or you’d be dead.”

Garda O’Connell told Sergeant Donal Cronin she believes Mr Kelly has access to finances and might attempt to flee the jurisdiction as his family own property in Lanzarote.

Aaron Desmond BL, defending, said his client’s father – Anthony Kelly –disputed this and denied that any members of his family own property overseas.

Garda O’Connell said senior garda management have been briefed on the investigation and that an operation has been put in place as the injured party is in fear of his life.

She added that she believes Mr Kelly, if released, would attempt to intimidate potential witnesses in the case.

She said a major concern for gardai is that the firearm allegedly used has not been recovered to date and she said that, through his family, Mr Kelly is associated with a criminal gang which is involved in the distribution of drugs and possession of firearms.

This assertion was strongly disputed by Mr Desmond.

In his evidence, Mr Kelly undertook to abide by any bail concidtions if released.

Judge O’Leary refused bail in the circumstances.