Man charged with producing kitchen knife during stand-off with gardaí

A man appeared before a special court sitting yesterday charged in connection with a stand-off with armed gardaí in Limerick.

Robert Browne, aged 38, of no fixed abode, was charged with producing a large kitchen knife during the course of the stand-off with gardaí, at an apartment on John’s St, Limerick, on Friday, Mar 22.

He was also charged with trespassing at the apartment on the same date.

Detective Garda David Baynham, of Henry Street Garda Station, gave evidence of formally arresting Mr Browne at 6.30pm on Saturday, Mar 23.

He told the court that Mr Browne had “made no reply” after he was cautioned.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy granted the accused free legal aid.

Solicitor John Devane, who was assigned to represent Mr Browne, told the court: “This is effectively a housing matter.”

Inspector Eamon O’Neill, of Henry Street Garda Station, said the State was not objecting to bail “provided a number of conditions” were imposed by the court.

Judge McCarthy granted bail on the accused’s own bond of €500, which did not have to be lodged in court.

A number of bail conditions were imposed by the court.

They include: That Mr Browne reside with his mother in the Abbeylock area of Corbally, Co Limerick, and that he “sign on” each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at Henry Street Garda Station, between the hours of 9am and 9pm.

Mr Browne was also ordered to obey a daily curfew, which runs from 10pm to 7am.

Judge McCarthy also granted a condition of bail, as requested by the State, that a third party, agreeable to Mr Browne, would act as an intermediary if he wanted to interact with housing officials at the HSE, Novas on Mungret St in Limerick, or with the Homeless Person’s Centre in the city.

Judge McCarthy also ordered Mr Browne to notify gardaí of any change of address to his day-to-day living accommodation, and that “he make himself available to gardaí”.

Mr Devane said his client was “aware of each and every one of those conditions”.

Judge McCarthy remanded Mr Browne on bail and to appear before the district court again on Apr 24 at 10.30am.

A number of streets, attached to and including John’s St, were cordoned off by gardaí last Friday for nine hours as the stand-off ensued.


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