The son of a man who survived a notorious Limerick feud murder plot was the main player in a violent brawl when he came upon members of a rival gang near the city centre, a court heard.
Owen Treacy, aged 19, of St Munchins Street, St Mary’s Park, pleaded guilty yesterday at Limerick Circuit Court to a charge of affray at Dominick St on April 14, 2015.
A co-accused, Erol Ibraham, aged 27, of Ceol na hAbhann, Caherconlish, admitted a charge of violent disorder on the same occasion.
Treacy is son of Owen Treacy Sr who with his cousin Kieran Keane was abducted by members of the McCarthy-Dundon gang in January 2003 and brought to Drombanna on the outskirts of the city.
Kieran Keane was shot dead.
When the gun jammed, Owen Treacy, then aged 31, was left for dead with 17 stab wounds.
His evidence led to five men being jailed for life in December 2003 for the murder of Kieran Keane.
His son, also Owen, was the main protagonist in a vicious street fight when associates of rival gangs met at the social welfare office in Dominick St.
John O’Sullivan, prosecuting, said the incident involving two groups had its origins in the “murderous feud”.
Det Garda Barry O’Grady, of Henry St Garda Station, said another man, “Mr A” had come to the Department of Social Protection office on the afternoon of April 14, 2015, and was seen by Treacy and others.
When Mr A as in the foyer of the building, he was joined by an associate.
Treacy, with his associates, entered the foyer.
Treacy stripped off his top in an aggressive gesture and the two rival groups moved out into the middle of the main street.
There was a lot of roaring and shouting and the rival groups took each other on.
Members of the public ran in fear for their lives and a security man locked the doors of the department building to protect those inside.
Michael Collins, defending, said that but for Owen Treacy’s name and his family background one could speculate that the case might have been dealt with in the district court.
Judge Tom O’Donnell adjourned sentencing to February 12.
Keane and Ibraham were remanded in custody.
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