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Alleged Garda Corruption – Arrest Made In Tipperary

A Detective Garda, and the Director of a car sales firm, latter which had been targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB), will both now face trial on three charges linked to a major investigation into alleged Garda corruption.

Detective Garda Mr David Bourke, aged 48 years, with an address at Oola’s Main Street, in Co. Limerick, has been charged with “corruptly obtaining a monetary gift, consideration or advantage” from one Mr Stephen O’Sullivan, aged 37 years, with an address at Farrehy, Broadford, Co. Limerick.

Detective Inspector Michael McNulty, of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, latter based in Dublin, informed the court that he had arrested Detective Garda David Bourke at 8.25am this morning, (Friday September 6th) at a location here in Co. Tipperary. He was then conveyed to Shannon Garda Station in Co. Clare, before being charged with two offences, at 11.20am by Garda Michael Newport.

Detective Sergeant Dave Gilmore, of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, gave evidence of arresting the other accused, Mr Stephen O’Sullivan at 8.57am, this morning, in Broadford, Co Limerick. Mr O’Sullivan was then also conveyed to Shannon Garda Station, where he was charged at 10.30am with one offence by Garda Michael Newport.

The charge indicates that Mr O’Sullivan did allegedly, corruptly, give or agree to give Detective Garda David Bourke “a monetary gift, consideration, or advantage”, in lieu of revealing to him confidential information concerning a CAB investigation into a car sales firm, latter known as Bawn Motors, situated at Ballysimon Road, Limerick, contrary to Sec 7 (2) of the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act, of 2018.

The charges made against both individuals are alleged to have occurred on December 22nd 2018 at Bruree, in Co Limerick.

Judge Marian O’Leary granted Detective Sergeant Bourke bail on condition that he sign on twice weekly at Tipperary Town Garda Station, between 6:00am-9:00pm. Mr O’Sullivan was also granted bail on a number of strict conditions, including that he sign on twice weekly at Kanturk Garda Station, in Co. Cork.

Both men must notify Gardaí in writing should they intend to change their perspective addresses.

Judge O’Leary remanded both defendants, to appear before Limerick District Court again on Friday, September 13th, for service of the State’s Book of Evidence, on each of the two accused.

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