Limerick-based detective and businessman face trial on corruption charges

David Hurley


David Hurley


Limerick-based detective and businessman face trial on corruption charges

David Bourke faces two charges

BOOKS of evidence have been completed and served on a Limerick-based detective and a businessman who have been charged with corruption offences.

Detective Garda David Bourke, 48, who has an address at Main Street, Oola and Stephen O’Sullivan, 37, who has an address at Farrehy, Broadford, Limerick each face trial on indictment before Limerick Circuit Court.

Both were arrested and charged last Friday as part of a lengthy garda investigation into alleged wrong-doing and corruption involving garda personnel in the Southern Region.

Mr Bourke, who is currently suspended from the force, faces two charges under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act 2018 relating to offences which are alleged to have taken place at a location in Bruree on December 22, 2018.

The charges allege that he obtained information through his employment “for the purpose of corruptly obtaining a gift, consideration or advantage” for himself.

It is alleged he accepted inducements from Stephen O’Sullivan who is a director of Stephen Bawn Motors Limited (trading as Bawn Motors) which was under investigation by CAB at the time. The company has a registered address at Ballysimon Road, Limerick. 

Mr O’Sullivan is accused of “corruptly giving or agreeing to give a material gift, consideration or advantage” to Detective Garda Bourke in return for confidential information concerning the CAB investigation.

During a procedural hearing this Friday, Detective Inspector Michael McNulty of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation said he had served copies of the book of evidence on each of the accused men in the environs of the courtroom.

A solicitor from the Director of Public Prosecution’s office sought to have the case sent forward for trial to the next sittings of Limerick Circuit Court.

Judge Marian O’Leary noted this and each of the defendants were remanded on continuing bail.

Solicitor Charlie O’Connor said his client was reserving his position regarding legal aid while solicitor Julieanne Kiely made no application regarding legal aid in the case of Mr Bourke.

The defendants only spoke to confirm their signatures on their bail bonds.