Limerick man charged over pipe bomb discovery

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Limerick man charged over pipe bomb discovery

There was a special sitting of Limerick District Court this Saturday PICTURE: LIAM BURKE/PRESS22

A MOYROSS man has been remanded in custody after being charged in connection with the discovery of an explosive device in the estate.

Anthony McNamara, 34, with an address at Ballygrennan Close was arrested on Thursday after gardai found what they believe to be a "viable" pipebomb during searches of the area.

At a special sitting of Limerick District Court this Saturday afternoon, Judge Mary Larkin refused bail for the 34-year-old after he was charged under section four of the Explosive Substances Act 1883.

It is alleged that on an unknown date, the accused made an explosive substance.

Giving evidence to the court, Garda Denis O'Leary, Henry Street station, said a copper pipe was recovered, with a suspected explosive substance at its core from a bin beside Mr McNamara's home.

Garda O'Leary told the court it will be alleged the copper pipe was seven inches in length, with a fuse coming out of it, and an "improvised explosive substance" inside the tube.

Ballistics analysis had concluded that it was an "explosive substance", he added

The court heard how when he was arrested last Thursday, the accused stated what was recovered "wasn't an explosive device".

Defence solicitor Con Barry argued that his client was "experimenting" after finding two fireworks left over.

He said if Mr McNamara had put together an explosive device, he would not have left it in a wheelie bin beside his home and in close proximity to the household of his mother, who lives next door.

Gardai opposed the application - citing fears Mr McNamara would commit further alleged offences if out on bail.

Judge Larkin refused the bail application, with the accused set to appear again at Limerick District Court this Tuesday morning.