Limerick man accused of intimidating witness refused bail

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Judge Marian O'Leary refused bail
A MAN who is accused of intimidating a member of staff at an off-licence which he allegedly robbed was refused bail following a garda objection.

A MAN who is accused of intimidating a member of staff at an off-licence which he allegedly robbed was refused bail following a garda objection.

Noel Price, aged 37, of Kileely Road, Kileely is charged, under the provisions of Section 41 of the Criminal Justice Act 1999, with threatening and intimidating a potential witness at an off-licence on the northside of the city on August 26, last. He was previously charged with robbing 24 cans of “Devil’s Bit” cider, worth €33.98, from the same off-licence a day earlier.

Opposing bail, Garda Ciaran McCarthy said it will be alleged the defendant entered the off-licence and made a “credible and live” threat to a member of staff telling them not to make a complaint to gardai in relation to the alleged robbery.

He said the defendant made “certain admissions” following his arrest a number of days later and that he was concerned he would re-offend, if released, as he suffers from a heroin addiction.

Being cross-examined by solicitor Sarah Ryan, Garda McCarthy, accepted Mr Price denied making any threats and that he put forward an alternative version of events during interview.

“It will ultimately be a matter for a jury to decide,” said Ms Ryan.

In his evidence, the defendant accepted that he was taking heroin around the time of the offence but he insisted he is not longer abusing drugs.

Sgt Donal Cronin said he found it “impossible” to believe his evidence that he managed to give up heroin “cold turkey” since the alleged offences.

Having heard details of the garda objection, Judge Marian O’Leary said she was satisfied the defendant is addicted to heroin and was, therefore, refusing bail.

The matter, which is to proceed on indictment, was adjourned by Judge O’Leary to January 19, next to facilitate the preparation of a book of evidence.