Limerick brothers withdraw bail applications

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Kieran Collopy and Brian Collopy withdrew their applications for bail
TWO brothers who are charged in connection with a significant drugs seizure before Christmas have withdrawn their High Court applications for bail.

TWO brothers who are charged in connection with a significant drugs seizure before Christmas have withdrawn their High Court applications for bail.

Kieran Collopy, aged 43, who has an address at St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park and Brian Collopy, aged 40, of Kilonan, Ballysimon are each accused of possession of heroin, worth around €50,000 for the purpose of sale or supply.

Both men were arrested on December 15, last after gardai searched a house at St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park. They were brought before a special court sitting in Kilmallock a number of days later.

Both were refused bail after investigating gardai objected saying they feared both men would flee the jurisdiction, if released.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told Brian Collopy, who is in receipt of disability allowance, has left the country on 11 separate occasions over the past 12 months and, along with his brother, has access to an apartment in Benidorm.

Kieran Collopy, the court heard, has travelled outside of Ireland five times over the past year.

It was also alleged he is a senior member of a criminal gang in the city but this was disputed by his solicitor John Herbert.

Both men subsequently applied to the High Court for bail but their applications, which were due to be heard on Monday were withdrawn at short notice.

Earlier today, Sergeant Donal Cronin told Limerick District Court, the garda investigation is continuing and that directions are not yet available from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Solicitor Darach McCarthy, standing in for Mr Herbert, said each of the defendants, who appeared before the court separately, were consenting to a two week adjournment of the case.

While Brian Collopy was previously granted legal aid, Sgt Cronin indicated the State has not yet received a Statement of Means from him.

Addressing the court from the custody area, Kieran Collopy indicated he intends making application for legal aid on the next date.

Both men were remanded in custody and are due to appear before Limerick district court again on January 19, next.