Angry mob attacks two men accused of murder

THERE were dramatic scenes outside Limerick courthouse yesterday when a group of more than 50 men, women and children tried to attack two men who were brought there on murder charges in relation to the shooting dead of Des Kelly and Breda Waters over a week ago.

The angry crowd charged towards armed gardaí who shepherded the two accused into court and they included a number of women pushing buggies.

Cousins Patrick O’Brien, aged aged 31, of Glanntan, Golflinks Road, Castletroy, and Thomas Stewart, aged 27, of The Cedars, Briarfield, Castletroy, were remanded in custody to Limerick prison during the brief hearing.

Among the gardaí in court for the hearing was Superintendent John Scanlan, Detective Inspector Tom O’Connor and Det Insp Jim Ryan who are leading the investigation.

Det Garda Padraic O’Dwyer of Roxboro Road station gave evidence of arresting O’Brien at Roxboro Road station yesterday afternoon and charging him with the murders of Mr Kelly, 24, and Ms Waters, 28, at 531 O’Malley Park on January 9 last.

Det Grda O’Dwyer said O’Brien made no reply to the charges when they were put to him.

Det Grda Pat Whelan gave evidence of arresting Stewart at Roxboro Road Garda Station yesterday afternoon and charging him with both murders.

He said that in answer to one of the murder charges, Stewart replied: “Sorry.”

Darach McCarthy, solicitor for both accused said Steward denies making that remark.

Det Grda Whelan said he had a note of the comment in his notebook.

On the application of Insp Derek Smart, Judge Tom O’Donnell remanded both men to Limerick Prison to appear via video link at Limerick District Court on Thursday next. There was no application for bail.

About 10 relatives of Breda Waters and Des Kelly sat in the public gallery. They were flanked by more than 25 gardaí.

O’Brien and Stewart were dealt with separately.

As O’Brien was led from the court room, he shouted: “Fuck ye.”

Shouts of “scumbag”, “dead” and “fuck you” were shouted by people in the public gallery.

Judge O’Donnell warned he would clear the court if there was any repeat of this.

As the two accused arrived at the side entrance of the court house at around 4.15pm, a crowd of men, women and children charged towards them to try and attack the two.

Some women were pushing buggies as they rushed at the armed gardaí escorting the O’Brien and Steward.

As gardaí tried to ward off the crowd, one garda was struck on the back of the head.

A woman almost got at Patrick O’Brien before she was restrained by gardaí.

After the hearing, gardaí drew up a barricade of garda vans to keep the crowd away from the two accused as they were brought out the side door of the court and driven under armed guard to Limerick Prison.

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