A MAN who tried to board a bus to Clare with a double barreled sawn off shotgun has appeared before a special sitting of Limerick District Court after he was apprehended by gardai attached to the Drugs and Regional Support Units.
Emmett Curley, (32) of 9 Rinnenna View, Shannon, was arrested last Thursday at Colbert Station and detained by Gardai at Henry Street. He was subsequently charged after 5pm on Friday and appeared before Judge Aeneas McCarthy on Saturday at a specially convened sitting of Limerick’s District Court.
Giving evidence of the arrest, charge and caution of Mr Curley, detective garda Damien Kennedy said that the accused made no reply to the charge contrary to section nine of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act.
It is alleged that the accused man was found in possession for unlawful purpose of a double barrelled BSA shotgun at Colbert Station as he attempted to board a bus to Clare.
An application for bail was made by legal aid defence solicitor John Devane and the State consented subject to a number of conditions whereby Emmett Curley must stay out of Limerick City and County, sign on daily at his local garda station, reside at his address in Shannon, obey a curfew and surrender his passport and undertake not to apply for any new travel documents. Mr Curley was also ordered not to leave the jurisdiction pending any further court proceedings in relation to this allegation.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy remanded Mr Curley on bail on his own bond of €1,000 and adjourned the matter until May 22 pending the full directions of the DPP.