A MONTH-old baby and three other young children avoided injury during a shooting incident in which a man sustained more than 25 pellet wounds to his stomach and hand.
Sean Finnan (26) was hospitalised after he was shot while standing at the front door of his home at Byrne Avenue, Prospect last Thursday night.
Mr Finnan, who is a cousin former Republic of Ireland defender, Stephen Finnan, was treated at University Hospital, Limerick following the shooting but was discharged a number of hours later.
Ian Horgan, aged 29, who has an address at Lenihan Avenue, Prospect appeared before a special court sitting at the weekend.
He is charged with possession of a shotgun at Mr Finnan’s home with the intention of causing him serious injury.
During a bail application, which was opposed by gardai, Detective Garda Declan O’Halloran alleged Mr Finnan was shot twice by Mr Horgan and another man who approached the house.
He said a one-month-old baby was in the sitting room of the house at the time and that Mr Finnan’s partner and three other young children were also in the house.
He said the alleged injured party had expressed fears for his life to gardai since the shooting .
Det Garda O’Halloran said he also feared there would be further incidents if the defendant was granted bail. “There are real and significant fears that something significant will occur if he achieves bail,” he said.
Judge Mary Larkin refused bail and Mr Horgan is due to appear before the court again tomorrow.