A FIFTEEN-year-old boy has appeared in court charged in connection with the kidnapping of a young man on the outskirts of the city at the weekend.
The victim, 19-year-old Stephen Cusack, was allegedly abducted at gunpoint from his brothers home in the Caislean Na Habhann estate, Castletroy at around 11pm on Sunday night.
Mr Cusack and another man who was also in the house at the time were allegedly tied up by the culprits and driven in Mr Cusack’s pick-up truck to a derelict house in the Donoughmore area - around six miles outside the city.
The alarm was raised shortly before 1am when Mr Cusack managed to escape and was located by gardai who had responded to reports of suspicious activity in the area.
It is alleged that Mr Cusack was targeted because members of his family run Garryowen Post office and own a nearby newsagents.
This afternoon, the 15-year-old accused, who was arrested shortly after Mr Cusack was located appeared before a special sitting of Limerick Children’s Court.
Det Garda Ivan Muldoon, Henry Street, said the defendant, who can’t be named because of his age, replied “I’m sorry” when he was formally charged with the false imprisonment of Stephen Cusack.
Sgt Donal Cronin said the alleged offence was “very serious” and he objected to a bail application made by solicitor Sarah Ryan. However, after hearing details of the objection Judge John O’Neill said “it would not be fair” to remand the defendant in custody.
He ordered the youth to live at a specified address in the city and to obey a nightly curfew between 9pm and 8am. The defendant must also sign on at his Henry Street garda station twice a day and he must not associate with a number of named individuals until the case is concluded.
Judge O’Neill adjourned the case until October 23 next, for DPP’s directions.
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