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Father and sons in court over alleged slash hook attack on garda car in Cork

A father and his two sons have appeared before Cork District Court following an incident where a garda patrol car was attacked by a man with a slash hook at a halting site in the county.

Simon Qulligan (51), his sons Sammy (23) and Shane (26), appeared alongside Martin Harty (24) and James Sheehan (30) at a special sitting of the court in Cork city connection with the incident.

Sammy Quilligan of Carraig Rua, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, was charged with five offences, arising out of an incident at the unofficial halting site at Sitecast Industrial Estate, Little Island, on April 4.

He was charged with causing criminal damage to a garda patrol car and with possession of a slash hook in addition to three public order offences.

Shane Quilligan, also of Carraig Rua, Nenagh was charged with producing a wooden stick and attempting to assault a member of An Garda Siochana, and with two public order offences.

Simon Quilligan of Kilcoolishal, Glounthaune, Co Cork and Mr Harty of the Coachyard, Nenagh, and Mr Sheehan of St Catherine’s, Grange, Co Waterford were each charged with three public order offences at the halting estate on the same date.

Gardai objected to bail in the case. 

Inspector Pat Murphy said that gardaí were objecting to bail for both Sammy Quilligan and Shane Quilligan amid reservations that they would commit further offences. 

He also expressed his belief that the men would not stand trial if they were not placed in custody.

Garda Amy Lee Quinn said the state would allege Sammy Quilligan attacked gardaí with a slash hook, twice hitting and smashing the passenger window of their patrol car.

She said the state would further claim that when gardaí returned backed up by re-inforcements, Shane Quilligan emerged from a caravan armed with a wooden stick and attempted to attack officers with it.

Judge Mary Dorgan remanded Sammy and Shane Quilligan in custody to appear by video link at Cork District Court on Wednesday.

Judge Dorgan remanded Simon Quilligan, Mr Harty and Mr Sheehan on strict bail terms.

She excused their attendance in court on April 8 next arising out of government guidelines for travel during the Covid 19 outbreak.