#BREAKING: Limerick man charged with robbing fatal assault victim

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The late Alan Bourke

A 35-year old unemployed Limerick man has appeared in court charged with robbing the late Alan Bourke of cans of alcohol and a bicycle in Limerick City on Good Friday, April 15.

At a special sitting of Ennis District Court at 5.20pm today, Garda Dean Landers said that Mark Ryan of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, made ‘no reply’ when the charge was put to him at 1.35pm.

He is charged with robbing Alan Bourke of cans of alcohol valued at €10 and a pedal cycle valued at €150 at Parnell Street, Limerick City last Friday week.

Garda Landers  told the court that Mr Ryan was arrested at his home at 8.40pm on Friday, April 22 and and taken to Roxboro Road Garda Station.

His solicitor John Herbert told Judge Mary Cashin that there would be no application for bail and that Mr Ryan could be remanded in custody to appear before Limerick District Court on Tuesday.

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Mr Herbert asked that Mr Ryan be produced in court for the execution of a number of district court warrants.

He said: “It is our intention to deal with those matters on Tuesday.”

On Friday night, April 15, Alan Bourke (48) from St Mary’s Park was found seriously injured on the forecourt outside Colbert Station on Parnell Street and he later died in hospital.

The father of one was buried on Friday and he was remembered for his “great sporting life”, during which he played soccer and rugby for Ireland at junior level.

In court, Mr Herbert asked that he be assigned legal aid for Mr Ryan after telling Judge Cashin that he is a suitable candidate as he is an unemployed man.

Judge Cashin granted legal aid and remanded Mr Ryan in custody and ordered that he be produced in Limerick District Court for Tuesday.

Earlier today, Gardaí that a second man, also aged in his 30s, arrested in relation to the investigation into the fatal assault of Mr Bourke is still being detained at Henry Street Garda Station.