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Gardai investigating violent assault during which man had feet nailed to floor

The judge granted gardaí a further 24 hours to question the two men
The judge granted gardaí a further 24 hours to question the two men

Gardaí are investigating a violent assault in which a 51-year-old man had his feet nailed to the floor at a house.

Details of the horrific attack emerged at a special sitting of Limerick District Court as gardaí applied for extra time to question two men arrested on suspicion of withholding information.

Detective Superintendent Jim Ryan described how a man was lured to a house on the south side of Limerick city on September 14 last after receiving a call on his mobile phone.

Upon arriving at the address, he entered the kitchen and was allegedly set upon by a number of people wearing white boiler suits.

The 51-year-old was attacked, held down, and put sitting on a chair, the court heard.

What is believed to have been a nail gun was then used to fire a number of nails into his feet. The nails went through his feet and into the floor.

In his evidence, Det Supt Ryan said the two men, aged 50 and 52, are believed to be in possession of information about the people responsible.

He said that both men have also given various accounts of their whereabouts on the day of the incident.

Forensics samples have been taken from the scene and are currently being analysed at a forensic laboratory.

The court heard that DNA profiling will also be "very relevant" to the inquiry.

A total of 25 gardaí are working on the investigation, along with a dedicated forensic scientist in Dublin.

Judge Aeneas McCarthy granted gardaí a further 24 hours to question the two men.

Kathryn Hayes