Limerick robbery accused refused bail following garda objection

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Solicitor Ted McCarthy applied for bail on behalf of Alex Kelly

Solicitor Ted McCarthy applied for bail on behalf of Alex Kelly

A MAN who allegedly threatened another man at knifepoint in Limerick before taking his phone and a quantity of cash has been refused bail.

Alex Kelly, aged 23, who has an address at Valley View, O’Malley Park, Southill, faces a single charge of robbery relating to an incident which happened at a laneway off Mulgrave Street on November 28, 2017.

Opposing a bail application – made by solicitor Ted McCarthy –  Cillian O’ Muineachain said it will be alleged Mr Kelly first encountered the alleged victim at Arthur’s Quay when he approached him asking for directions to the nearest pharmacy.

He said it is the State case the defendant then walked with the man, who is a non- Irish national, from Arthur Quay to Mulgrave Street “on the pretense of showing him to the nearest pharmacy”.

Garda O’Muineachain said it will be alleged that having arrived at Mulgrave Street the defendant met a second male and that the alleged victim was then set upon in a laneway.

“A knife was produced and it was held against his throat,” said Garda O’Muineachain who added it will be alleged the victim’s pockets were searched by the culprits who escaped with a smartphone and around €75 in cash.

“It was an extremely violent incident,” he told the court adding that a file is being prepared for the DPP and that gardai will be recommending trial on indictment.

Judge Marian O’Leary was told the defendant made a number of admissions following his arrest and that CCTV footage has also been obtained as part of the garda investigation.

Garda O’Muineachain said he had concerns the defendant would engage in further criminality if released

He told the court Mr Kelly has connections abroad and he expressed concerns he would not appear in court if granted bail.

Seeking bail, solicitor Ted McCarthy said his client was willing to comply with any and all conditions if granted bail.

“He lives very close to Roxboro Road (garda station), it would be easy for gardai to supervise any conditions,” he said.

Having considered the garda objection, Judge O’Leary said she was refusing bail under the provisions of the Bail Act.

In doing so, she stated it was “reasonably necessary” to do so to prevent the commission of further offences.

The matter was adjourned to February 27, next for DPP’s directions.