Threat to kill case accused gets bail

A MAN detained during a Garda search and arrest operation appeared in court yesterday accused of threatening to kill another person.

Leslie Roche of Puddingsfield, Tipperary, was one of eight people arrested on Thursday by gardaí. He was held overnight and brought before Thurles District Court.

Judge Tom O’Donnell granted the accused bail, with conditions, including one that he not reside at a Tipperary address.

Roche was remanded on bail to appear again in court in Tipperary town next Wednesday.

Yesterday’s court appearance followed a major operation on Thursday, which saw gardaí from the Tipperary division carrying out searches and making eight arrests.

During the search operations in Tipperary town and surrounding areas, officers found four pipe-bombs as well as a handgun and ammunition.

Roche is not charged in relation to any of those items.

The Tipperary divisional search team conducted up to 15 searches in houses and apartments. The swoop followed long surveillance as part of a campaign against gangland crime.

All of the men arrested were aged in their 20s and 30s and held at garda stations in Tipperary and Thurles under the 1984 Criminal Justice Act.

Gardaí suspect the haul was most likely destined for gangland feuds in west Dublin. “We suspect they belong to Dublin lads. There are Dublin criminals living down here,” said a Garda source.

Detectives are not yet sure what the bombs and firearms were going to be used for, but suspect they might have been stored there for use elsewhere, possibly in the Clondalkin area.

There are a number of violent, and heavily armed gangs in the general Clondalkin and Ballyfermot areas engaged in feuds.

Gardaí said it is not clear whether or not they might be in a position to carry out any arrests, but are monitoring the individuals suspected.

While Roche was brought before Thurles District Court yesterday, the other seven suspects were released on bail on Thursday and are due to appear next Wednesday at Tipperary District Court.


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