Limerick man charged with assault and robbery of fatal attack victim

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Michael Casey of Cathedral Place, Limerick City leaving Ennis District Court this afternoon.

A 38-year old unemployed Limerick man has appeared in court charged with the assault and robbery of Alan Bourke who died in University Hospital Limerick after being found seriously injured on the forecourt of Colbert Station in the city on Good Friday, April 15.

At a special mid-day sitting of Ennis District Court on Sunday, Michael Casey of Cathedral Place, Limerick City was remanded in custody on a charge of assault causing harm to Alan Bourke at Parnell Street, Limerick on April 15.

The assault charge is contrary to Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences against the Person Act.

Mr Casey is also charged with robbing Alan Bourke of cans of alcohol valued at €10 and a pedal cycle valued at €150 at the same location on the same date.

Mr Casey also faces a separate assault charge of causing harm to another man, Declan Quinlivan at Davis Street, Limerick on April 15.

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Det Garda Dean Landers of Roxboro Road Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution of Mr Casey at 7.58pm on Saturday night at Henry Street Garda Station.

Det Landers stated that Mr Casey made no reply to the three charges.

Solicitor Darach McCarthy told Judge Mary Cashin that there would be no application for bail and there was consent to Mr Casey being remanded in custody to appear via video-link at Limerick District Court on Tuesday, April 26.

Judge Cashin granted legal aid after Mr McCarthy said his client is a suitable candidate as he is unemployed and now going into custody.

He also asked Judge Cashin to direct the Prison Service to medical assess and treat Mr Casey as appropriate.

Mr McCarthy stated that he was making the application “with some urgency”.

Judge Cashin directed that the Prison Service provide all medical treatment to Mr Casey as appropriate.

Mr Casey’s appearance in court on Sunday followed another Limerick man, Mark Ryan (35) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick appearing at a separate special sitting of Ennis District Court on Saturday evening.

Mr Ryan faces a single charge of robbing Alan Bourke of cans of alcohol valued at €10 and a pedal cycle valued at €150 at Parnell Street, Limerick on April 15.

Mr Ryan, who is also unemployed, was remanded in custody to appear at Limerick District Court on Tuesday.