Three charged over nail-gun attack in Limerick

David Hurley


David Hurley

Three charged over nail-gun attack in Limerick

Gerard Mackin, Mark Heffernan and Patrick Hayes arriving at Limerick District Court

THREE men have been refused bail after they appeared in court charged in connection with a “crucifixation-style” attack at a house in Limerick city last year.

The three defendants are accused of falsely imprisoning and assaulting a 51-year-man at Larch Court, Kennedy Park on September 14, last.

They are Gerard Mackin, aged 33, who has an address at Star Court, John Carew Park; Patrick Hayes, aged 52 of Larch Court, Kennedy Park and Mark Heffernan, aged 32, of Swallow Drive, John Carew Park.

All three men were arrested earlier this week and were formally charged on Wednesday night after directions were received from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

During contested bail applications, Judge Marian O’Leary was told it will be alleged by the State that the injured man, who is a member of a travelling community, was “lured” to a house in Kennedy Park where he was threatened and “set upon” in what was described as an “animalistic” attack.

The court was told a large amount of money was demanded from him before the attackers nailed his feet to the floor with a “high velocity nail gun”.

The man was subsequently treated at University Hospital Limerick where the nails were surgically removed.

The court was told gardai are concerned that potential witnesses will be interfered with and evidence was given that the alleged injured party received a phone call the day after the incident warning him not to talk to gardai.

Each of the defendants were granted legal aid and Judge Marian O’Leary was told that all three denied any involvement during interviews following their arrest.

Judge O’Leary upheld bail objections in each case and remanded the defendants in custody to next Tuesday.

State Solicitor Michael Murray indicated that further directions are to be sought from the DPP.