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Verdict due on Friday in Larry McCarthy 'threat to kill' trial

Larry McCarthy Jnr
Larry McCarthy Jnr

Judges at the Special Criminal Court trial of a Limerick man accused of threatening to shoot a 74-year-old man and burn his “house to the ground” will deliver judgement on Friday.

Larry McCarthy Jnr (39), with addresses at the Old Cork Road and Cornmarket Villas in Limerick, is charged with threatening to kill Noel Moore and threatening to damage Mr Moore's property at Windsor House, Donoughmore, Limerick on July 28, 2015.

Arraigned on the charges before the non-jury Special Criminal Court last week, Mr McCarthy Jnr pleaded not guilty to both counts.

The three-judge court heard closing speeches today from prosecution counsel Ms Diana Stuart BL and defence counsel, retired judge Mr Barry White SC.

Opening the State's case last week, Ms Stuart told the court that Mr McCarthy Jnr's sister, Laura, was married to Mr Moore's son, TJ, and that the alleged threats arose out of “ongoing difficulties” between the two families.

Noel Moore gave evidence that while looking out his window on the day in question, he saw a gentleman with red hair running across his garden. It was Larry McCarthy Jnr who was “roaring at me” and was “in a rage” at his front door, the witness said.

Mr Moore told Ms Stuart that Larry McCarthy Jnr said to him “I'm going to fucking shoot you” and “I'm going to get my buddies to burn your house to the ground”.

Mr Moore, a 74-year-old market stall-holder in Limerick, said he knew Larry McCarthy Jnr for “many years, since he was a young boy. I believed what he was saying to me, (that) he was capable of doing it, of shooting me.”

Ms Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, with Judge Martin Nolan and Judge Flann Brennan, remanded Mr McCarthy Jnr in custody until next Friday, when the court will deliver a verdict.