A MAN has been extradited from Bulgaria and returned to Ireland to face charges of threatening to kill a key State witness.
Vincent Collopy (35) of St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park, Limerick was arrested ten days ago in Bulgaria on foot of a European Arrest Warrant which was issued in 2011.
Collopy faces two charges before the courts.
He is charged with threatening to kill State prosecution witness Willie Moran contrary to Section 5 of the fatal offences against the person act, and intimidating a witness contrary to Section 41 of the same act.
The alleged offences occurred at Island Road, Limerick on June 9, 2010.
Detective Sergeant Ronan McDonagh of Henry Street garda station told Judge Eugene O’Kelly at Limerick District Court yesterday that the accused made no reply to the charges when they were put to him.
Defence solicitor John Devane told the court that his client was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning and applied for free legal aid.
“It’s a serious matter and I can tell the court that my client is only back in Limerick since 3am after being extradited from Bulgaria,” the solicitor said.
Collopy remained silent during yesterday’s short hearing.
Mr Devane was assigned under the legal aid system and he notified the court that his client was reserving his position in relation to an application for bail. There was no objection from the State to the accused man seeking legal aid.
Sgt Paul Whelan told the judge that the DPP directed the matter proceed by way of trial on indictment after the file had been forwarded to the DPP.
Judge O’Kelly adjourned the matter with Collopy remanded in custody until next Tuesday pending a bail hearing.