Man refused bail throws bottle at judge

A man who allegedly mugged two boys and an older youth in Limerick, threw a bottle of Coke at a judge after she refused him bail.

Clyde Keogh engaged in “a 20-minute violent crime spree specifically targeting school children”, gardaí told a court yesterday.

During a bail hearing before Limerick District Court, gardaí alleged Mr Keogh threatened to “stab” and “shoot” the four victims unless they gave him their mobile phones.

When he was refused bail, he flung a Coke bottle at judge Marian O’Leary, narrowly missing her.

Mr Keogh, of Ballyclough Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, who appeared in court charged with three counts of robbery, and one count of attempted robbery, was refused bail.

He is accused of robbing a 13-year-old boy of a black Sony Xperia M2 Aqua mobile phone worth €250 at Athlunkard St, Limerick, on January 25.

Gardaí alleged that he threatened to shoot the boy unless he handed him his phone. He is also charged with robbing a 15-year-old boy of an iPhone 4, worth €300, at Canal Bank, Lee Estate, Limerick on the same date, and with the attempted robbery of another boy, 15, at Athlunkard St, Limerick, also on January 25.

Mr Keogh, who the court heard resides with his mother, is further charged with robbing an 18-year-old man of a Galaxy 3 mobile phone, worth €300, also on January 25, at Athlunkard St, Limerick.

Objecting to bail under Section 2 of the Bail Act, Detective Garda Dan Haugh said he believed the accused would “continue to commit further serious offences”.

Mr Keogh broke down as he appealed with the court to grant bail.

He told Judge O’Leary: “I have a son, he’s only three weeks old and he’s getting christened in three weeks time. I don’t want to miss his christening.”

After Judge O’Leary refused bail, Mr Keogh flung a bottle of Coke at her and he screamed as he was taken to a court holding cell.

“I don’t think he helped himself,” she said.

“Perhaps prisoners shouldn’t have anything in court capable of being missiles,” the judge added.

She remanded Mr Keogh in custody to appear before Limerick District Court again next Tuesday.


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