Gardaí praised for intercepting armed eight-man posse

first_imgAndrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A JUDGE has praised the work of Limerick Gardaí who intercepted an “armed posse” on their way to the home of a family who were subjected to a high level of “premeditated intimidation”.Detective Garda Ivan Muldoon told Limerick Circuit Court that Gardaí received confidential information that eight men were on the way to a house at Bru na Grudhain, Castletroy in Limerick on October 16, 2013.The men, who were travelling in a Volkswagen Golf car, were armed with a variety of weapons including a pick axe handle, screwdrivers and a car jack.Gardaí, who had earlier evacuated Christopher and Nora O’Donnell and their children from the house, intercepted the car before “serious damage could be done”.Detective Muldoon said the incident was connected to a dispute between members of two extended families.Three men before the court, Shane Ryan Casey (21) of April Rise, Old Cork Road; Jason Stokes (23) of Woodpark, Castleconnell and Wesley Stokes (20) of Curragh Birin, Castletroy pleaded guilty to the possession of weapons.Shane Ryan Casey also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the house in Castletroy and to two other charges dating back to September 2, 2013 where he was found in possession of a hurley and with causing criminal damage to the former home of the O’Donnell family.Stating that such intimidatory incidents could not be tolerated in society, Judge Tom O’Donnell they were “premeditated and always carried out by a large group to maximise the fear”.Following their guilty pleas which were entered last year, the court heard that both Wesley and Jason Stokes had engaged well with the Probation services.Suspending an 18-month prison sentence for three years for both Jason and Wesley Stokes, Judge O’Donnell said they were part of a “maximum effort to intimidate the family, but it was extremely fortunate that the armed posse was intercepted by Gardaí”.Jailing Shane Ryan Casey for two years and six months for the four offences, the judge said he was one of the “main protagonists” in the incident and he had to take a serious view of that.As he was taken into custody, Casey, who has previous convictions for beating a horse to death, shouted profanities at the court claiming that he just wanted to “spend time with his woman” and warned that “there’s a new family feud in Limerick”. WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement NewsGardaí praised for intercepting armed eight-man posseBy Staff Reporter – February 24, 2016 1169 Printcenter_img Facebook Linkedin Email Previous article#GE16 – You ask the questions – part 3Next articlePrisoner jumped out Garda Station window while consulting with solicitor Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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Taplin again

first_imgBralon Taplin Rising Grenadian sets another world lead in 300 meters Grenada’s Bralon Taplin set a new world-lead and personal best in the 300-meter run at the Czech Indoor Gala in Ostrava on Tuesday.Taplin set a blinding pace and romped to a comfortable win in 31.97 seconds over the Czech Republic’s Pavel Maslak who established a season best 31.19 for second. Poland’s Rafal Omelko was third in a personal best 32.73.His world leading time came just days after Taplin set another world lead, that time in the 400 meters, at the IAAF World Indoor Tour’s Copernicus Cup Meeting in Torun, Poland. Taplin is fast emerging as one of the world’s finest quarter-miler much in the mould of his predecessor and former Olympic Champion Kerani James. Both James and Taplin qualified for the Olympic finals in Brazil last year. They finished third and seventh respectively.Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Gayon Evans rebounded from her recent loss in Poland to win the 60-metre dash.Evans, who had victories in Germany and Paris last week, rebounded to take the 60-metre dash in 7.20 seconds.The Jamaican was given the same time as Venezuela’s Andrea Purica who set a new national record and personal best. The USA’s Jessica Young-Warren who crossed the line in 7.22s.In the women’s 400m ‘B’ final, Jamaica’s Verone Chambers and Kaliese Spencer finished second and third respectively in the race won by Poland’s Justyna Swiety in 52.73s. Chambers ran a personal best 53.49s for second while Spencer, the 2006 World Junior Champion, produced a season best 53.81 for third.last_img read more

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