A FILE is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in the case of five members of the same family who are charged in connection with a serious assault in Croagh last month.
Paddy Casey, aged 56, and his sons Jimmy Casey, aged 36, Simon Casey, aged 34, Terry Casey, aged 29 and Francis Casey, aged 22, are all charged with assault causing harm and violent disorder.
Each of the defendants has an address at Clonlong, Southill.
The charges relate to an incident at the forecourt of Smithfield filling station, on the N21 near Croagh on November 23, last.
It is alleged that at around 2.30pm Michael Stokes was attacked and left in a ditch by the defendants who alighted from a car which pulled into petrol station.
Mr Stokes, the court heard, sustained required hospital treatment for serious head injuries, which it’s alleged he sustained in the assault.
During a bail application in relation to three of the defendants, Detective Garda Jerry O’Sullivan alleged the assault, which he said was unprovoked, was related to a drugs debt owed by relatives of Mr Stokes.
He said gardai believe the parties met by chance at the filling station and that the assault was a message to ensure the debt is paid.
The court heard there were a large number of people present at the filling station during the incident, which was captured on CCTV.
Four of the five defendants first appeared before Limerick District Court last week while Paddy Casey, who became unwell following his arrest, was brought before a special court sitting at the Criminal Courts of Justice, in Dublin on Saturday after he was charged after being discharged from University Hospital Limerick.
Despite being refused bail at Limerick District Court last week, Simon, Jimmy and Francis Casey were granted bail by Mr Justice Paul Butler when they appeared before the High Court on Monday afternoon.
While gardai objected to the bail applications, they did not oppose bail applications made by Terry Casey and Paddy Casey.
When all five men appeared in court again this week, Inspector Luke Conlon said directions are being sought from the DPP in relation to the matter, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment on indictment.
He requested an adjournment of the case until the New Year to facilitate the completion of the garda file in relation to the incident.
Judge Mary Larkin granted the application and adjourned the case until January 13,next.
All five men were remanded on continuing bail subject to strict conditions including that they have no contact with Mr Stokes.