A MAN told gardai he was pleading guilty to possession of a crossbow and three arrows as he did not want to say who had left them at his home.
At Limerick Court, Detective Garda David Boland said he arrested and charged Joseph McCarthy, aged 41, of Jutland Hall, Steamboat Quay on Tuesday morning.
He is charged under Section 2 of the Firearms Act with having the crossbow and arrows at his home without a firearms licence on August 28, last.
Det Garda Boland told the court that when he was charged, the defendant replied: “It was left in my apartment. Whoever left it there tipped ye off so I have to plead guilty because I’m not willing to say who left it there.”
The defendant, who is in custody awaiting trial on separate charges, was assigned free-legal aid.
His solicitor, Darach McCarthy questioned if it was a “coincidence” that his client was charged in relation to the crossbow and arrows on the same day he was due to make a bail application in relation to the other charges.
That matter relates to an incident at the Hot Corner takeaway at Henry Street on September 12, last.
It is alleged that after he entered the premises Mr McCarthy produced a knife and threatened staff.
During a bail application, it was alleged the defendant, is a “very dangerous” man and gardai expressed fears he will commit serious offences if released.
Mr McCarthy said his client - a father of three - was willing to comply with any bail conditions imposed by the court and he said he has addressed his problems with drugs and alcohol while in prison.
Noting that gardai could not offer any explanation as to why Mr McCarthy was only charged in relation to the crossbow and arrows eight months after they were seized, Judge O’Kelly said he was granting bail.
He adjourned that matter to May 13, next for directions. However, the judge said he was refusing bail in relation to the alleged offences at Hot Corner on September 12, last.
Previously, the DPP consented to that case being dealt with on indictment at Limerick Circuit Court.
Noting that the book of evidence was served on the accused last week, Judge O’Kelly formally sent the matter forward to the next sittings of Limerick Circuit Court, which begin on April 29.
In doing so, he warned Mr McCarthy that he must provide details of any alibi evidence to the State within 14 days.