Limerick man returned from Bulgaria to face assault charge

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Jonathan Collopy

A 36-year-old Limerick man has travelled home from Bulgaria to face charges of assaulting a man with a stick.

Jonathan Collopy, originally from St Mary’s Park, Limerick City, but now living in Caherconlish voluntarily presented himself at a Garda station in recent days and appeared before Limerick Circuit Criminal Court, charged with assault causing harm to Darren Wallace.

The assault is alleged to have occurred at Sandy Lane, Boher, County Limerick, on April 7, 2020.

Mr Collopy is also accused of producing a wooden stick in a manner which was likely to intimidate Mr Wallace, and which was capable of inflicting serious injury.

During a hearing last Friday, Prosecuting counsel John O’Sullivan told Judge Tom O’Donnell that two other men were also before the court in respect of the same alleged assault.

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One of these men, Mark Kiely (36) of East Singland Road, Garryowen had pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentence on December 12.

He  admitted assaulting Mr Wallace causing him harm, and, producing a hurley during the course of the assault.

Jonathan Collopy’ brother, Vincent Collopy (43) of St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park, is also charged with assault causing harm to Mr Wallace during an alleged encounter in which Vincent Collopy is accused of forcing  a sulky off a road while he drove an Audi Q7.

Mr O’Sullivan said the offences arose out of “alleged events of endangerment involving a motor vehicle and a sulky in the vicinity of Limerick City”.

The case against the Collopy brothers was adjourned to Limerick Circuit Court, on December 16 with Jonathan Collopy remanded on bail with strict conditions.