Limerick man throws Coke bottle at judge as she refuses bail
A man who allegedly mugged two boys and an older youth threw a bottle of Coke at a judge after she refused him bail.
During a bail hearing before Limerick District Court, gardai alleged that Clyde Keogh threatened to stab and shoot the victims unless they gave him their mobile phones.
When he was refused bail, he flung a Coke bottle at judge Marian O'Leary.
Keogh, of Ballyclough Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, appeared in court charged with three counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery.
He is accused of robbing a 13-year-old boy of a Sony Xperia M2 Aqua mobile phone worth €250 at Athlunkard Street, Limerick, on January 25.
Gardai alleged he threatened to shoot the boy unless he handed over his phone.
He is also charged with robbing a 15-year old boy of an iPhone 4 worth €300 at Canal Bank, Lee Estate, and with the attempted robbery of another 15-year old boy at Athlunkard Street, on the same day.
Keogh is further charged with robbing an 18-year-old man of a Galaxy 3 mobile phone worth €300.
The first incident is alleged to have occurred at 7.55am, when gardai say Keogh tried to rob a 15-year-old boy who was walking to school.
Det Garda Dan Haugh alleged the accused told the boy he had a knife and he would stab him if he did not hand over his phone. The boy fled and reported the incident at his school.
Det Haugh said the second incident happened 10 minutes later when an 18-year-old male gave the accused his phone after he allegedly threatened to stab him.
The third alleged incident was at 8.05am when "a juvenile victim was cycling to school".
Det Gda Haugh said the accused again threatened to stab the boy unless he handed over his phone.
"I have a son, he's three-weeks-old and getting christened in three weeks' time. I don't want to miss his christening," said Keogh, seeking bail.
After Judge O'Leary refused bail, Keogh threw a bottle of Coke at her.
She remanded him in custody to appear before Limerick District Court again next Tuesday.