Two men remanded in custody after alleged incident involving attack on Garda car at Cork halting site

Two men remanded in custody after alleged incident involving attack on Garda car at Cork halting site

FIVE men appeared in Cork District Court again arising out of the investigation of the alleged attack by one man on a patrol when he was wielding a slash-hook during a visit to a Traveller halting site in Little Island last weekend.

Simon Qulligan (51), his sons Sammy (23) and Shane (26), and two other men, Martin Harty (24) and James Sheehan (30) had their cases mentioned again.

Sammy Quilligan and Shane Quilligan were remanded in continuing custody until April 22 when they will appear again by video link from prison.

The other three are on bail and will have their cases mentioned again on July 1 Cork District Court.

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

Sammy Quilligan is accused of causing criminal damage to a garda patrol car and with possession of a slash hook at the Sitecast Industrial Estate on April 4. He is also charged with three public order offences including engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour, being intoxicated in a public place and with resisting Garda Paul Buckley during the execution of his duties.

Shane Quilligan, also of Carraig Rua, Nenagh, Co Tipperary is charged with producing a wooden stick and attempting to assault a member of An Garda Siochana, contrary to Section 11 of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act. He is also charged with two public order offences of engaging in threatening, abusive of insulting behaviour, being intoxicated in a public place, all at the same location on the same date.

Simon Quilligan of Kilcoolishal, Glounthaune, Co Cork was charged with engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour, being intoxicated in a public place and resisting Garda Brian O’Sullivan in the execution of his duties.

Harty of The Coachyard, Nenagh, Co Tipperary and Sheehan of St Catherine’s, Grange, Co Waterford are each charged with the same public order offences as Simon Quilligan at the same location and date.

Garda Amy Lee Quinn alleged Sammy Quilligan attacked gardaí with a slash hook, twice hitting and smashing the passenger window of their patrol car and although the two officers were not injured, they had to retreat from the site.

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

Sammy Quilligan denied the charges, saying he had no recollection of attacking anyone and all he could remember was coming out his van, being pushed to the ground and pepper-sprayed by gardaí before being arrested.

Shane Quilligan also denied the charges, saying there was no truth to the allegation that he had a stick and he said he came out his van and threw himself on the ground and pleaded with gardaí not to pepper-spray him.

Quilligan Snr, Harty and Sheehan were remanded on continuing bail by Judge Kelleher.

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