Limerick biker accused of making threats

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Shane Lennon was refused bail after he was brought before Limerick District Court

Shane Lennon was refused bail after he was brought before Limerick District Court

A PROBATIONARY member of a motorcycle club who is accused of threatening to shoot another man and burn down his home was refused bail following a garda objection.

Shane Lennon, aged 41, of Elm Road, Riverbank, Annacotty, is accused of making the threats after he allegedly encountered the injured party at the Penneys store in the city centre on October 1, last.

Opposing bail, Detective Garda Neil O’Gorman said it will be alleged the defendant approached the alleged injured party and demanded payment of an outstanding drug debt totalling €7,000.

He said it will be alleged that having approached the man, the defendant said: “I'm going to cut you up - you’re dead. I’m going to kill you, I’ll burn your house. I’m going to shoot you when you go outside this door”.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told the injured party, who was with his wife and children at the time, was put in fear as a result of the alleged threats and that he still fears for his safety and that of his family.

Limerick District Court was told it will be further alleged the defendant waited outside the store after making the threats but the injured party managed to evade him after he ran out.

Detective Garda O’Gorman said CCTV from the area was obtained as part of the investigation and that it is the State case that it corroborates the allegations.

He said Mr Lennon is a “probationary member” of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club and that he was concerned the accused would “intimidate, or worse, cause serious harm, either by his own actions, or with the assistance of his associates”, if granted bail.

Depsite being informed that the defendant was willing to surrender his passport, live at an address outside of Limerick and would abide by any conditions imposed by the court, Judge Marian O’Leary said she was refusing bail.

Sergeant Donal Cronin, prosecuting, indicated investigations are continuing and that a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the matter.

Mr Lennon was remanded in custody and is due to appear before the court again via video-link this Tuesday.