Limerick man jailed for having wheel brace in car parked outside criminal's home

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Limerick man jailed for having wheel brace in car parked outside criminal's home

Dylan Murphy was arrested during a garda operation in Emly last October

A LIMERICK man who admitted having a wheel brace in suspicious circumstances late at night has been sentenced to four months’ imprisonment.

Dylan Murphy, aged 22, of Drominbeg, Rhebogue,was brought before Tipperary District Court after he was charged with possession of  an offensive weapon with the intent to cause injury or intimidate others 

The charge related to an incident at Glen Court, Emly in the early hours of October 31, 2017.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath was told gardai encountered a car in which Mr Murphy was a passenger while conducting patrols in the village because of heightened tensions between two families around the time.

Garda Michael O' Mahony  said he was on a patrol check at around 1am. He was accompanied by Garda Shane Kiely and Sergeant Vivian Downey.

On arrival in the estate they observed two males, including Murphy, sitting in a Ford Focus. The car, he said, was parked outside the home of a known criminal.

Garda O’Mahon said he informed the two occupants that he was going to search the car. The vehicle was cold, he added, which meant it had been parked there for some time.

When he went around to the passenger side of the vehicle, he observed a wheel brace concealed in the footwell.

He asked the passenger Dylan Murphy why he had the item to which he replied “it is a moveable object”.

There was no reason, he said, for the wheel brace to be where it was. He checked the spare wheel which was in good condition and was where it should be.

Sgt Downey, who previously worked in Limerick, said he identified the passenger as Dylan Murphy as he knew him from when he was working in the city.

Murphy, he said, admitted giving a false name, was evasive and would not account for his presence in the area.

Judge MacGrath convicted Murphy and sentenced him to four months’ imprisonment. The sentence is to be served consecutively to a sentence he is currently serving for separate burglary offences.

Solicitor Colin Morrissey said his client suffers from addiction issues which he intends addressing.