The four men and one woman appeared before Judge Brian Sheridan in Mallow District Court having been arrested following a car chase and subsequent two-hour stand-off with gardai in the early hours of Monday morning.
Sammy Quilligan, aged 18, Simon Quilligan, aged 46, Lisa Gray, aged 27, Patrick Cash, aged 35, and John Quilligan, aged 22, were all charged with producing knives, shovels, a rake, a step-ladder, and sticks while threatening to kill or commit serious bodily harm in the course of a dispute at Ballymartin, Dungourney, Midleton, Co Cork, contrary to section 11 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapsons Act 1990.
Detective Garda Gerard Shaughnessy provided evidence of arrest charge and caution for all five accused and told the court the State objected to bail being granted to four of them due to the seriousness of the charge. Judge Sheridan granted bail to four of the five accused.
The other accused, Patrick Cash, was remanded in custody to appear again before Midleton District Court tomorrow where the matter of a permanent abode is to be addressed.
Det Garda Shaughnessy said Lisa Grey, a mother of one who is in a relationship with Cash and is the daughter of Simon Quilligan, had caused two bench warrants for her arrest to be issued in the past for non-appearance in court, though she denied this. The detective said Grey threatened gardai with knives on the night in question, and told them she knew where they lived.
Solicitor Joe Cuddigan, who represented all five, said Grey would be willing to agree to a bail condition whereby she would not meet her co-accused over Christmas. He said the alternative would see her separated from her five-year-old child at Christmas, and so she would abide by strict bail conditions to avoid this. The court heard she will reside in Edel House in Cork City.
The State also objected to bail for Simon Quilligan, a father of 16. The court heard that his partner had died recently and that he is the sole custodian of his five children under the age of 18. He is also the father of co-accused Sammy and John Quilligan and Lisa Grey.
Simon’s brother John Quilligan said both Simon and Sammy could stay with him at 30 Lakelands Cresent, Mahon. There was no objection to bail for Sammy Quilligan, but he is released on bail subject to the same conditions as his father and siblings.
John Quilligan, a father of seven, agreed to stay at 22 Shannon Lawn, Mayfield, as part of his bail conditions. His fiancée, Michelle Brady — mother of four of his children with one on the way — took to the stand to confirm he would be welcome to stay at the Mayfield address, and said the pair got engaged on Sunday night, hours before the alleged incident.
The four were remanded on bail to appear again before Midleton District Court on January 15. As part of their bail conditions, they must all sign in at their nearest Garda station on a daily basis, remain sober, observe a curfew between the hours of 9pm and 8am, and, as part of a special condition, are not permitted to travel east of the Dunkettle Roundabout.
They are not allowed meet each other and are limited to telephone contact only, with the exceptions of Grey and Cash, and Simon Quilligan and his son, Sammy.
One garda is believed to still be in hospital following an altercation prior to the stand-off.