Limerick man remanded after allegedly making threats

A Limerick man charged with threatening to kill a woman just hours after his brother was murdered has been remanded in custody for a further two weeks.

A Limerick man charged with threatening to kill a woman just hours after his brother was murdered has been remanded in custody for a further two weeks.

Paul Crawford (aged 32), of O'Malley Park in Limerick, is charged with threatening to kill Elizabeth Sparling in O'Malley Park, on December 18th last.

It is alleged the 32-year-old made the threat just hours after his 40-year-old brother Noel Crawford was shot dead outside his parents home also in O'Malley Park.

Limerick District Court heard today that bail has been refused on two separate occasions in the case.

On the last occasion bail was refused by Judge Tom O'Donnell despite evidence by the alleged injured party Elizabeth Sparling that she no longer feared Mr Crawford.

At the time gardaí claimed that Ms Sparling was attempting to withdraw her statement out of "fear and intimidation".

Addressing the court this morning defence solicitor Ted McCarthy asked that the charge against his client be dealt with expeditiously given that it is alleged to have taken place just hours after his brother died in tragic circumstances.

Inspector Pat Conlan told the court that the state was still awaiting instructions from the DPP in the matter.

Judge Tom O'Donnell requested that Mr McCarthy's comments be noted and remanded Mr Crawford in custody until January 18th next when he is due to appear before the same court again.

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