Limerickman charged with impeding murder investigation is given bail

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

Robert Cusack is charged with impeding the investigation
A COUNTY Limerick man charged with impeding the garda investigation of a murder was given bail on Tuesday afternoon.

A COUNTY Limerick man charged with impeding the garda investigation of a murder was given bail on Tuesday afternoon.

Gardai objected to Robert Cusack, aged 26, of Abington, Murroe being released on bail at Limerick District Court. Mr Cusack’s stepfather - Alan McNamara, aged 48, of Mountfune, Murroe - is charged with murdering Andrew O’Donoghue on June 21 in Murroe.

Detective Garda Fergal Hanrahan told the court that the murder was captured on CCTV.

The detective garda alleged that there is a turf war going on between two motorcycle groups - the Caballeros and the Road Tramps. “The defendant [Mr Cusack] has declared his loyalty to the Cabelleros. Gardai fear motorcycle groups will avenge the death. Another incident occurred on the following day [of the murder] which is directly linked to this incident. The defendant and his motorcycle group have access to illegal weapons and align themselves with criminality.

“I believe if the defendant is released on bail it will heighten tensions between them and he will commit criminal acts. It is a turf war,” said Det Garda Hanrahan.

The detective garda alleged that Mr Cusack told his stepfather to bring a shotgun on the day of the fatal shooting and there was a phone call between the two,

“It is alleged the defendant [Mr Cusack] took command of a sawn off shotgun, cleaned it, covered it in plastic and buried it at the back of his residence. And on that evening he disposed of two mobile phones in Limerick city that were later recovered,” said Det Garda Hanrahan, who added that a file is with the DPP and he expects “more serious charges” to be preferred.

Solicitor for Mr Cusack, Sarah Ryan, said her client assisted gardai, his mother and sisters were in court and that an address away from Murroe has been organised.

Judge Marian O’Leary granted bail with strict conditions. Mr Cusack was remanded in custody for an independent surety of €10,000 of which €5,000 must be lodged.