Limerick businessman accused of robberies remanded

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

John Carroll (pictured last month) was remanded in custody until November 17
A COUNTY Limerick businessman who is charged in connection with a spate of armed robberies is unlikely to seek bail his solicitor has said.

A COUNTY Limerick businessman who is charged in connection with a spate of armed robberies is unlikely to seek bail his solicitor has said.

John Carroll, aged 49, who has an address at Clonshire, Adare faces a total of five charges relating to incidents which are alleged to have happened at petrol stations in Limerick and Clare on a number of dates last month.

He is charged with the attempted robbery of the Gala store at Larkins Cross, Ardnacrusha on October 12, last and with unlawful possession of a rifle on the same date.

He is also accused of carrying out an armed robbery at the Applegreen filling station, Coolanoran, Newcastle West on October 2 last; with carrying out an armed robbery at Topaz, Childers Road on October 4, last and with attempted robbery at Applegreen, Coonagh the following day, October 5. The defendant is also accused of committing two burglary offences at separate houses in Adare on dates between September 30, last and October 8.

Carroll, who first appeared in court on October 15, has not sought bail to date and during a previous court hearing, solicitor John Herbert said his client had been seen by a psychiatrist at Limerick Prison.

On Tuesday, Sergeant Donal Cronin told Limerick District Court the garda investigation into the matters is continuing and that a file is currently being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Because of the multiple charges before the court, the file is likely to take some time to complete.

Sgt Cronin requested an adjournment of the case to facilitate the completion of the file so that directions can be sought from the DPP.

During a brief hearing, Mr Herbert did not oppose the application but said his client, who appeared via video-link from Limerick Prison, was only consenting to a remand in custody until November 17, next.

He added that he did not anticipate an application for bail but undertook to advise the State in advance if Carroll is to seek bail on the next date.

Judge Marian O’Leary formally adjourned the matter to facilitate the securing of directions.