Gardai have been given additional time to question two men about an incident during which another man’s feet were nailed to the ground while he was being held against his will.
It is alleged the 51-year-old, who lives in County Limerick was set upon after he was lured, under false pretence, to a house in the city on September 14, last.
It is alleged the victim was attacked and tied to a kitchen chair and that the culprits nailed his feet to the floor of the house using a nail gun.
Three men were arrested on Tuesday morning and last night investigating gardai applied to extend the period of detention of two of the men. The third has been released without charge.
Making the application, Detective Superintendent Jim Ryan told Limerick District Court both men, who are aged 50 and 52, are being detained on suspicion of withholding information from gardai relating to the incident.
Around 25 gardai are currently assigned to the investigation.
Det Supt Ryan said CCTV footage has been harvested and that the results of forensic tests are awaited.
The investigation, he added, is being conducted expeditiously and he told state solicitor, Michael Murray, that he believes it is necessary to detain the men for an additional 24 hours.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy granted the application which means the men can be held, without charge, until around 8am tomorrow.