Man withdrew complaint against alleged gang boss, judge told

A man who is alleged to have received a death threat from a person described as “head” of Limerick’s notorious McCarthy Dundon gang did not wish to proceed with a complaint he made to gardaí, a court has heard.

Larry McCarthy, aged 37, of Towerlodge, Old Cork Rd, Limerick, is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Noel Moore at his home at Windsor House, Donoghmore, Co Limerick, on July 28.

Mr McCarthy’s sister Lauren is married to a son of Mr Moore.

Mr McCarthy sought bail at Limerick District Court yesterday having been remanded in custody last Thursday.

At that hearing, Det Garda Niall Fitzgerald, opposing bail, alleged Mr McCarthy was head of the McCarthy Dundon gang. It was alleged Mr McCarthy had links to criminals in this country and internationally and posed an immediate and viable threat to Mr Moore. It was also claimed Mr McCarthy had ready access to firearms.

When arrested, Mr McCarthy was driving a 2010 D reg 7-series BMW. Five mobile phones in the car, it was alleged, contained information of surveillance carried out by the accused and his associates on Mr Moore’s home.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy yesterday said he was re-entering the bail application at yesterday’s court due to what he said were “significant changes in circumstances”.

He said Mr Moorehad gone to Roxboro Rd Garda Station and said he did not wish to proceed with the complaint and was not in fear. Mr McCarthy said Mr Moore also approached Larry McCarthy’s father last Saturday at the Milk Market where they both traded. Mr McCarthy said Mr Moore now states he was not in fear of his life from the accused.

He said the decision by Judge Marian O’Leary to refuse bail was singly based on the garda claims that Mr Moore was in fear of his life.

Judge John King said Mr Moore obviously had made a complaint as this had resulted in charges.

Sgt John Moloney said he was not aware of Mr Moore visiting Roxboro Rd station yesterday and after an adjournment, informed the court the case was still going ahead and a file was being prepared for the DPP.

Judge King refused to grant bail and remanded Larry McCarthy in custody to the same court on August 19, stating he was not satisfied there had been a significant change in circumstances . Mr McCarthy said he would be bringing an application to the High Court shortly.


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