Thurles District Court
International Irish boxer Mr Michael O’Reilly will answer charges, in court next June 2017, regarding alleged criminal damage and the breaching of the Public Order Act, all which occurred during an incident last year.
Judge Elizabeth MacGrath adjourned the case yesterday, for three months, at Thurles District Court. Mr O’Reilly has pleaded not guilty to three charges arising from an incident at Ballybeg, Littleton, Co. Tipperary, on April 18th of last year.
The court heard yesterday that the trial is most likely to take at least a half day to complete, with two other co-accused persons, including one juvenile, also understood to have had connections with Mr O’Reilly’s case.
Mr O’Reilly had been sent home in disgrace from the Rio Olympics last August 2016, having failed a drugs test. The 23-year-old, with an address in Mountrath, Co. Laois, had been one of Ireland’s main hopes for an Olympic medal.
Mr Ross Outram, aged 26, with an address at Ferryland, Waterford Road, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, has been charged with the murder of elderly pensioner and farmer Mr Paddy Lyons; latter found savagely beaten to death in his remote rural farmhouse last Saturday.
Wearing dark trousers, blue and white trainers and a navy jumper, the accused Mr Outram was brought before Dungarvan district court this morning, having been charged with the murder last night. Mr Outram had previously been arrested on Monday afternoon in Clonmel and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
He was later questioned during Monday evening and into Tuesday, at Dungarvan garda station, in relation to the death of the 90 year old pensioner. Detective Sergeant Shay Keevans told Dungarvan district court that he had charged Mr Outram at the Garda station at 11.55pm on Tuesday night.
Judge Finn granted the accused legal aid, while remanding him in custody to appear before Dungarvan district in seven days, on Wednesday, March 8th next.
No application was made for bail since, being on a murder charge, bail application can only be dealt with by the High Court and not at District Court level.
A man in his 20’s was arrested in the Tipperary area, shortly after 5.00pm yesterday, before being brought to Dungarvan Garda Station for questioning.
His questioning is understood to be with regard to the horrific murder of pensioner Mr Paddy Lyons, aged 90, who was attacked with a blunt weapon in his home in Loughreagh, Ballysaggart in Co. Waterford on Friday last.
The arrested male is being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, which allows Gardaí to detain him, without charge, for up to 24 hours. Gardaí are understood to have also moved to examine a property on the Waterford Road, out of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Reports this morning state that the area remains sealed off, with a considerable Gardaí presence; searching grounds surrounding the dwelling house.
It is understood that Mr Lyons, when found, had suffered horrific injuries to his head and in particular the facial area. Unconfirmed reports believe Mr Lyons may possibly have known the killer from previous visits to his isolated dwelling, same situated just 11km (6.9mls) from the tourist area of Lismore in Co. Waterford.
It has also been suggested that a number of other people may have visited the home of Mr Lyons, also on the same day that he was savagely murdered.
Gardaí in Dungarvan continue to appeal for witnesses to contact them on Tel: 058 48600, or the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800 666 111 or indeed through any Garda station.
A total of fifty trainee Gardaí from the Garda Training College, Templemore, Thurles assisted as part of Operation Thor’s ‘Project Storm’, in which Gardaí arrested 48 people and carried out 21 planned searches in the Carlow area over the past three days.
Of those arrested, 24 were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 as part of ongoing investigations into thefts, assaults, fraud and burglary in Tipperary, Carlow, Kilkenny, Cork and Waterford, as well as drug related matters.
A further five persons were arrested for the purpose of charge and will appear before future sittings of Carlow District Court. Nineteen of those arrested were held on foot of existing warrants.
A total of 42 checkpoints were also manned at locations across the District during this operation and two vehicles were seized under Road Traffic Acts. Crime Prevention Leaflets were distributed at checkpoints and Community Engagement Centres were also set up at various locations.
Suspected stolen property valued at over €150,000 has been successfully recovered by Gardaí in the counties of Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny.
The property was discovery following searches carried out over the past number of days as part of ‘Operation Thor’; latter charged with actively targeting organised crime gangs and repeat offenders through co-ordinated crime prevention and enforcement activity based on intelligence to protect rural and other communities.
Gardaí from the Kilkenny/Carlow Division together with the Thurles Garda Detective Unit searched premises in the Moyne, Thurles area of Co.Tipperary and Carlow Town, together with areas in Urlingford, Freshford, Castlecomer and Cuffs Grange, in Co. Kilkenny.
A large volume of suspected stolen property was recovered, including power tools, machinery, trailers, antiques, ornaments and a number of bicycles.
As at going to press to-night, no individuals have as yet been arrested during the course of these searches, however investigations are ongoing.