Man pleads not guilty to making threats to kill Gardaí in Limerick City

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A jury was today (Monday) sworn in to hear the trial of a man accused of threatening to kill or cause serious harm to members of An Garda Síochána, as well as a civilian, in Limerick City three years ago.

Robert McCarthy, with an address at Shannon Arms, Henry Street, Limerick City, pleaded not guilty before Limerick Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of making threats to kill or cause serious harm at his home address on October 21, 2021.

One alleged threat is in respect of members of An Garda Síochána, and the second alleged threat is in respect of a civilian, Tanshe Rondozai, who the court heard has worked with phone provider Eir and the 3 mobile phone and broadband company.

Mr McCarthy (39), also pleaded not guilty to obstructing Garda Brian Delaney in the course of his duties at Omega Gym, Henry Street, on the same date.

The accused pleaded guilty before the jury of seven women and five men to one count of causing criminal damage at the gym on the same date.

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Mr McCarthy, who the court heard has worked for a courier firm in Limerick City, was represented in court by barrister Eimear Carey BL, instructed by solicitor Ted McCarthy, Keely McCarthy Solicitors, Limerick City.

Adjourning the case to begin outright tomorrow morning (Tuesday), Judge Tom O’Donnell advised the jury: “You have not yet heard a scrap of evidence and it is very important that you approach this matter with a blank canvass, so don’t discuss the case with anyone outside of yourselves.”

Mr McCarthy was remanded on continuing bail for trial at 10.30am Tuesday morning.