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Liam Keane remanded in custody over stabbing charge

CourtsBy David Raleigh
Liam Keane
Liam Keane

Liam Keane has been remanded in continuing custody, charged with stabbing a man with a large butcher's knife during a burglary at a house in Limerick.

Keane, (31), appeared before Limerick District Court, Tuesday June 21, charged with one count of assault causing harm, and with one count of burglary.

The alleged victim and his family have fled their home "in fear" of Mr Keane, an earlier court hearing on the allegations heard.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy said today that Mr Keane has been refused bail at the district court, but is due to appear before the High Court, Dublin, next Thursday, where he intends to apply for bail.

Mr Keane, of Singland Gardens, Ballysimon, is alleged to have illegally entered a house in Limerick city on May 29th last, armed with a large knife, and put a family "in fear".

During a previous contested bail hearing, Gardai alleged Mr Keane forced his way into the house, "in possession of a large butchers knife which he used to threaten the occupants".

"He made his way to an upstairs bedroom at the rear of the house brandishing the knife," alleged Garda Orlaith Ryan, Henry Street garda station.

"He pulled back bedclothes where a 14-year old girl was sleeping and he put her in fear."

Garda Ryan said Mr Keane moved to a second bedroom in the house and, "threatened" a man and his pregnant partner with a knife, "putting them in both in extreme fear".

It's alleged Mr Keane stabbed the man on his arm in the morning in question.

Gda Ryan said, it was her belief, that if he was granted bail, Mr Keane would "commit further serious offences".

"This is a volatile individual," Gda Ryan alleged.

"If he does get bail, he has access to firearms, and the injured parties may be at risk," she added.

Gda Ryan said, the family had moved to a secret location.

"Their location, including the 14-year old girl, is known only by Gardai," she said.

"Arrangements have been put in place for their security," Sgt Donal Cronin, prosecuting, said.

The court was told the girl who was due to sit her Junior Certificate, "is in extreme fear" since the alleged incident.

Mr Keane has "maintained his innocence", Tom Kiely, solicitor, told the bail hearing.

Gardai said they were "ultra concerned" Mr Keane would "commit further serious offences" if granted bail.

Today, the court heard the there were no DPP directions as yet in the case.

Mr Keane appeared before the district court on remand, via video link from Limerick Prison, dressed in an adidas tracksuit top.

He spoke only to confirm his name, and that he could hear and see the court.

Judge Marian O'Leary remanded Mr Keane in continuing custody to appear in court via video link on July 19, for DPP directions.