Alleged gang leader to be sentenced at Special Criminal Court

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A LIMERICK man, who Gardaí allege to be the leader of the McCarthy Dundon gang, has been found guilty of assaulting another man.

Larry McCarthy jnr, (37), of Tower Lodge, Crossgalla, Old Cork Road, Limerick was found guilty of being amongst a gang who threatened to use “unlawful violence” and assault David Foran.

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The 33-year-old victim was attacked a few weeks after he was knocked down and offered compensation by a motorcyclist.

Mr McCarthy denied the charges dating back to November 25, 2014 but he was found guilty of the charges at the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

The court heard that Mr Foran was cycling to his mother’s house when he was knocked down by a motorcyclist who asked him not to contact the Gardaí as he had no insurance and had lost his licence.

A €5,000 compensation offer was made to Mr Foran who was told to go a meet someone who would have the money.

It was then that Mr Foran was assaulted and beaten.

He made a statement to Gardaí identifying his attackers including Larry McCarthy, but during his evidence at the Special Criminal Court, Mr Foran said that he could not identify the persons who assaulted him.

Prosecution Counsel said there were a number of inconsistencies with Mr Foran’s statement and the evidence he gave the court.

Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy said that Mr Foran’s statements to Gardaí and evidence in court had been consistent until a certain point, which was the identification of his attacker.

Mr Foran told Gardaí that Larry McCarthy said he wouldn’t be getting any money off his cousin for the accident and then got a “slap off a baseball bat into the back of the head during an unmerciful beating”.

He said that Larry McCarthy stabbed him in the leg with a knife.

McCarthy was remanded in custody until July 24 for sentence.