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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Married couple appear in court in money-lending scam

A married couple accused of running an illegal money-lending scam have appeared before Limerick District Court charged with the illegal possession of social welfare child benefit books

The couple was also charged with the possession of an extendable black baton, mace spray and a white sock containing two hard golf balls tied securely at the top at Athlunkard Street on August 1

The following is From the Limerick Post,

Brendan and Patricia Wallace, both aged 34, with an address at 60 Fernleigh, Westbury, Corbally were charged with 18 and 16 offences respectively

Mr Wallace was also charged with possession of a stun gun and he was charged with Assault Causing Harm, for spraying mace into someone’s eyes.It’s believed that this is the first time in 10 years that charges of this kind have been brought in the city.Insp Pat Connolly said that they are still awaiting the DPP’s directions on the matter, but that gardai have no objections to bail, subject to a number of strict conditions.

He also said that they will need eight weeks to prepare directions.Solicitor for the accused, Pat Barriscale said that his clients were planning on going on holidays for two weeks in a fortnight’s time. And he pointed out that "obviously the bail conditions will be relaxed while they are away on holidays”.

Therefore Judge Leo Malone put the matter off until September 27, to Limerick District Court for the DPP’s directions to be heard.Explaining the bail conditions, Insp Connolly said that both Mr and Mrs Wallace must pay a surety of 5,000 euro each.

"Both will also have to sign on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at Mayorstone garda station. If they are going away on holidays they will have to produce evidence in the form of tickets to gardai at Mayorstone.

We also require a sworn affidavit from both parties that they will have no contact or communication with any witnesses in this case. And they are to stay out of St Mary’s Park and the Island Road area of Limerick city,” he said.

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