Family flee in fear after knife attack in home

A family has fled their home in Limerick “in fear” for their lives, after a man, armed with a butcher’s knife, broke into their house last Sunday morning and stabbed a man, a court has heard.

Liam Keane, aged 31, appeared before Limerick District Court yesterday morning, where he was refused bail.

His father, Christy Keane, was present in court to support his son.

Liam Keane, of Singland Gardens, Ballysimon, was charged with one count of assault causing harm, and one count of burglary, at a house in Limerick at around 7am on May 29.

The family at the centre of the alleged incident fled from their home in fear of Mr Keane, the court heard.

During a contested bail hearing, Garda Orlaith Ryan of Henry Street Garda Station, alleged: “Mr Keane forced his way into the house in the early hours of May 29, in possession of a large butcher’s knife which he used to threaten the occupants. He made his way to an upstairs bedroom at the rear of the house brandishing the knife.

“He pulled back bedclothes where a 14-year old girl was sleeping and he put her in fear.”

Garda Ryan alleged Mr Keane then moved to a second bedroom where he “threatened” a man and his pregnant partner with the knife, “putting them in both in extreme fear”.

It is alleged Mr Keane stabbed the man on his arm.

Garda Ryan said “a number of witnesses will allege” they saw Liam Keane at the scene on the morning in question.

She said that “swabs” had been taken from Mr Keane, and from the house, for DNA analysis.

She told the court it was her belief, that if granted bail, Mr Keane would “commit further serious offences”.

“This is a volatile individual,” Garda Ryan alleged.

“If he does get bail, he has access to firearms, and the injured parties may be at risk.”

Gardaí said they believed that the alleged offences arose following the “tragic death” of a man in Limerick around 6.30am on the same morning.

Garda Ryan said the family who have left their home “are in temporary accommodation” in a location “known only to gardaí”.

Mr Keane’s solicitor told the court that he has “maintained his innocence”.

Judge Marian O’Leary refused bail and remanded Mr Keane in custody to appear in court via video link on June 21 for directions from the DPP.


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