Eight Limerick men charged in Special Criminal Court

Eight Limerick men arrested as part of an investigation into extortion appeared briefly at the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

There was tight security at the court sitting at the Criminal Courts of Justice at Parkgate St in Dublin for the men's' appearance.

The eight men were returned for trial at the non-jury court from the Limerick District Court last Friday.

Ger Dundon (aged 24), of Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston is charged with committing violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen on February 17 last.

Brothers, Christopher Mc Cormack (aged 27), of Mc Namara Terrace, Wolfe Tone St and David Mc Cormack (aged 25), of Crecora Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston are charged with committing violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen on the same date.

Gareth Collins Keogh (aged 27), of Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston and his father Jimmy Collins (aged 47), of Crecora Avenue, are charged with demanding money with menaces from Mark Heffernan at John Carew Park, on dates between January 29 and February 28, 2009.

The father and son are also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Mark Heffernan on October 17, 2009 at the Milk Market and with demanding money with menaces on the same date.

Gareth Collins Keogh is also charged with committing violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen on the February 17 last.

Christopher Mc Carthy (aged 27) of Crecora Avenue is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Mark Heffernan at the Milk Market and with demanding money with menaces on the same date.

Michael Bridgeman (aged 51) of Glenview, Ballyneety, Co Limerick is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Mark Heffernan at John Carew Park on a date between January 29, 2009 and February 12, 2010 and with demanding money with menaces.

Patrick Pickford (aged 19) of Talbot Avenue, Prospect is charged with demanding money with menaces.

The men were brought before the three judges in separate pairs.

State counsel M Tom O' Connell SC said that an order had been made by the DPP returning the men for trial to the Special Criminal Court because the ordinary courts were inadequate to secure the administration of justice.

The court remanded all eight men in custody until October 7.


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