Limerick brothers in court following disturbance

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick Courthouse
TWO brothers were granted bail after they appeared in court following a violent incident at their home in Garryowen.

TWO brothers were granted bail after they appeared in court following a violent incident at their home in Garryowen.

Mark Moloney, aged 25, of South Claughaun Road is accused of resisting gardai who had called to his home to execute a warrant which was issued for his brother’s arrest.

The bench warrant was issued earlier this month when Gary Moloney, aged 18, also of South Claughaun Road failed to appear in court having been charged with multiple road traffic offences.

Those charges relate to an alleged pursuit on the Dublin Road oin November of last year. While the warrant has been executed, he has not been charged in connection with the disturbance.

Sergeant Donal Cronin said there were considerable difficulties at the house when gardai called at around 8am last Friday morning and he said it will be alleged that Mark Moloney “took an active part” in resisting gardai when they arrived.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told the matter was “quite serious” and that further charges may be preferred in relation to the disturbance.

He said while gardai were not objecting to bail in the case of Mark Moloney, they were seeking a number of conditions. “It is appropriate that we have some control over him,” he said.

Solicitor Julieanne Kiely submitted the proposed ‘sign-on’ condition was “quite severe” in the circumstances.

She suggested that Mark Moloney had played a “peripheral role” in the disturbance but this assertion was disputed by Sgt Cronin.

Noting the garda concerns, Judge O’Leary ordered that Mark Moloney ‘sign-on’ two days a week pending the conclusion of the proceedings.

Gary Moloney, who appeared before the court separately, was ordered to ‘sign on’ three days a week and he must obey a curfew between 11pm and 7am.

Both defendants must live at their family home.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and the matter was adjourned to January 6, next for DPP’s directions.