Limerick threat accused not happy with delay in case

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Thomas ONeil is accused of making threats last November [picture: Press 22]
CONCERNS have been expressed over the delay in securing directions in the case of a young man who is accused of threatening to kill a grandfather during an incident last November.

CONCERNS have been expressed over the delay in securing directions in the case of a young man who is accused of threatening to kill a grandfather during an incident last November.

Thomas O’Neill, aged 27, who has an address at Linehan Avenue Prospect is charged with making the threats at Byrne Avenue, Prospect at around 6pm on November 17, last,.

He was previously refused bail – both in the district court and High Court – after gardai said they feared he would intimidate witnesses and commit further serious crimes if released.

Objecting to bail, Detective Garda Brian O’Connor said it will be alleged the defendant shouted at the 51-year-old “I’m going to shoot you f****** dead,” as he walked past his car.

The incident was witnessed by the defendant’s 13-year-old granddaughter who Det Garda O’Connor said was distressed when interviewed by gardai.

He alleged the incident was linked to a feud between a number of families living in the Prospect area which dates back more than a decade.

He said the alleged injured party made a formal complaint within minutes of the incident and that Mr O’Neill was arrested a number of hours later when he presented himself at Roxboro Road garda station after becoming aware gardai were looking to speak with him.

In his evidence at Limerick District Court the defendant accepted he was at Byrne Avenue around the time of the alleged offence but he insisted he did not make any threats

On Tuesday, solicitor Sarah Ryan said the delay in securing directions from the DPP was unfair on her client. She submitted the garda file relating to the matter was “extremely small” and that it cannot be described as complex.

She added that CCTV footage acquired by investigating gardai is “two minutes long at max”.

While opposing the application to have the matter marked peremptory, Sgt Donal Cronin said he could not disagree with what Ms Ryan had said.

He said the investigation file is “largely complete” and is due to be transmitted to the DPP shortly.

Judge Marian O’Leary adjourned the matter to January 19, next.