Limerick man (44) charged with fatally assaulting father-of-two Gerard Curtin

Mr Curtin was found unresponsive outside a house in the Garryowen area in the early hours of Saturday

At a special sitting of Ennis District Court on Sunday evening, Joe Cahill, with an address of 13 Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, Limerick, appeared after being charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent or negligence to Gerard Curtin at the same address on November 4th.

The charge contravenes Section 4 of the Non-Fatal Offenses Against the Person Act.

Mr Curtin was found unresponsive outside a house in the Garryowen area in the early hours of Saturday.

Gerard Curtin

There was a heavy Garda presence, including members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU), during the two-minute court hearing at Ennis Courthouse on Sunday evening.

In court, Insp Daragh Browne of Henry Street Garda Station in Limerick told Judge Marie Keane that the Garda application was for Mr Cahill to be remanded in custody to seek instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Giving evidence of the arrest, charge and caution, Garda Enda Barrett told the court that he arrested Mr Cahill for the purpose of charging him at Henry Street Garda station in Limerick at 12.54am on Sunday morning and later charged him at 1.20am.

Garda Barrett said Mr Cahill made no response to the charge and caution.

Mr Cahill’s lawyer, Eamonn Dillon, said he had no questions for Garda Barrett about his client’s arrest, charge and caution.

Mr Dillon said the Garda application for remand was based on consent and that he was not required to apply for bail at this stage.

No application for legal aid was made.

Judge Marie Keane remanded Mr Cahill in custody to appear via video link at Limerick District Court on Tuesday, November 7.

Earlier on Sunday, a Garda statement said gardaí on Henry Street were continuing their appeal for anyone who may have witnessed the incident early on Saturday morning to contact them.

Gardai also said they are appealing for anyone who may be in the area of ​​Sarsfield Avenue between 4am and 5.15am on Saturday morning, November 4, who may have camera footage, including CCTV and dashcam footage, to do so made available to Gardaí to investigate.

The funeral mass for Mr Curtin, of Railway House, Spit Land, Old Cork Rd, Limerick, will be held on Wednesday, November 8, at St John’s Cathedral, Limerick.

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