Sword seized by gardai after row in Limerick

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Judge Marian O'Leary
TWO men have been ordered to stay away from each other after they were charged in connection with an incident on the southside of Limerick city during which a sword was allegedly produced.

TWO men have been ordered to stay away from each other after they were charged in connection with an incident on the southside of Limerick city during which a sword was allegedly produced.

Thomas Houlihan, aged 45, of Sycamore Avenue, Rathbane faces three charges relating to the incident while Jamie Higgins, aged 29, who has an address at Ard Alainn, Mungret, faces two charges.

Limerick District Court was told neither of the defendants made any reply when they were charged at Roxboro Road garda station with offences under the provisions of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.

All of the offences are alleged to have happened at around 12.30pm on Sunday outside a house at Byrne Avenue Prospect.

Mr Houlihan is accused of possession of a sword and with producing an article “capable of inflicting serious injury” while “appearing to be about to commit affray”.

Mr Higgins, who faces a similar charge, is accused of possession of a knife and a handbrake with a blade. Both men, who are unemployed, were granted legal aid by Judge Marian O’Leary.

Sergeant Padraig Sutton said investigations are continuing and that a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He said directions are not yet available and he requested an adjournment of the case to facilitate the completion of the investigation file.

The court was told there was no garda objection to bail, subject to a number of conditions being imposed.

Judge Marian O’Leary granted bail and ordered that each of the defendants stay away from each other pending the conclusion of the proceedings against them.

Mr Houlihan was also ordered to stay away from another named individual while Mr Higgins was ordered to stay away from the Prospect and Ballinacurra Weston areas of the city.

Each of the defendants must live at their home address, obey a nightly curfew between 11pm and 8am and sign on regularly at Roxboro Road garda station.