Man appears in court following hatchet attack at Limerick garda station

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A FORTY-nine-year old man has been ordered to stay away from Henry Street Garda station in the city centre after he was charged in connection with a frenzied attack at the site earlier this week.

A FORTY-nine-year old man has been ordered to stay away from Henry Street Garda station in the city centre after he was charged in connection with a frenzied attack at the site earlier this week.

Michael O’Dea, 49, of Mitchell Street, Johnsgate is accused of smashing a glass panel with a hatchet in the public office of the garda station at around 4pm on Monday.

It is alleged that O’Dea struck the glass panel, which separates gardai from members of the public, a number of times before he was subdued by armed detectives who were alerted to the incident.

It is understood that pepper spray had to used by gardai as they arrested the defendant.

There were a number of people, including children, in the public office at the time of the alleged incident but nobody was injured.

Det Garda Senan O’Sullivan told Limerick District Court that he arrested the accused man at 4pm on Monday.

He said he later charged him in connection with the incident and he told the court that O’Dea did not make any reply to any of the four charges when they were put to him.

The defendant is charged with criminal damage, posession of an offensive weapon (a hatchet) and with two public order offences, including engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour.

A bail application - made by solicitor John Devane - was not opposed by gardai.

However, Sgt Michelle Leahy asked that a number of conditions be impossed.

Judge Eamon O’Brien ordered O’Dea to stay away from Henry Street Garda Station until the case against him has concluded and he ordered that he obey a nightly curfew.

O’Dea was also ordered to stay sober and to sign on daily at Roxboro Garda Station.

The judge granted O’Dea bail and he adjourned the case until April 18 next, for directions from the DPP.