Shotguns, iron bars, and knuckle dusters found at bikers’ clubhouse

Gardaí found two shotguns, pepper spray, iron bars, axe handles, knuckle dusters and knives when they searched a bikers’ clubhouse and cars where a man was shot dead.

The weapons were found by gardaí investigating the death of Andrew O’Donoghue, 51, who died after being shot in Murroe, Co Limerick on June 20, 2015.

Alan McNamara, aged 51, of Mountfune, Murroe, Co Limerick has pleaded not guilty to his murder. Mr McNamara’s stepson Robert Cusack, aged 28, of Abington, Murroe, has pleaded not guilty to impeding Mr McNamara’s apprehension knowing or believing him to have committed a serious offence.

They are being tried together at the Central Criminal Court.

The court has previously heard Mr McNamara was a member of the Caballeros motorcycle club and Mr O’Donoghue was a member of the rival Road Tramps.

Road Tramps member Seamus Duggan yesterday told Hugh Hartnett, defending, a number of items were kept at the club for protection. Looking at photographs taken by gardaí, Mr Duggan identified a hurley, sticks, axe handles, iron bars, a knife and pepper spray cans found in the clubhouse.

He also identified knuckle dusters, pepper spray cans and shotguns that Mr Hartnett said were found in cars and a caravan at the scene. Mr Duggan agreed with Mr Hartnett that these items could be used as weapons.

James McCormack is also a member of the Road Tramps. He told Michael Delaney, prosecuting, he and fellow club member Raymond Neilon went to Kelly’s pub in Doon, Co Limerick, on June 19, after being told that someone wearing motorcycle club colours had been seen there. As Mr Neilon and Mr McCormack arrived, in separate cars, Mr McNamara emerged from the pub wearing the colours of the Caballero club on his jacket. Mr McCormack said there was concern among the club members that the Caballeros planned to “get rid” of the Road Tramps.

Once out of his jeep Mr McCormack said he confronted Mr McNamara and asked him where he was going wearing Caballero colours. He told him to take the jacket off but Mr McNamara refused. He said there was a scuffle and himself and Mr Neilon took the jacket off Mr McNamara. A third member of the Road Tramps, Seamus Duggan, held Mr McNamara’s wife back after she tried to intervene.

Giving his evidence, Mr Neilon said once they had the jacket all three of them got into Mr McCormack’s jeep. As they drove off Mr McNamara threw his helmet at them and shouted: “Neilon, you’re dead. We’re going to get you.”

Under cross examination, Mr McCormack told Mr Hartnett he had heard that somebody went to Mr McNamara’s house later that Friday night and threatened Mr McNamara and his family. He said that he heard that the person who went there was a member of the club.

The trial will continue on Monday.

One juror was discharged after telling Mr Justice Paul McDermott he knew a former member of the Road Tramps club.



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