THERE were angry scenes outside a courthouse where a crowd of up to 30 people rushed at two cousins who were charged with the murders of two young parents.
Men, women and children -- many with hoods pulled over their faces -- roared obscenities and were held back by gardai as Patrick O'Brien (31) and Thomas Stewart (27) were brought under armed escort to Limerick courthouse last night.
The cousins were charged with the murders of Des Kelly (24) and Breda Waters (28) at O'Malley Park, Southill, Limerick on January 9 last. Both victims died from gunshot wounds.
Uniformed and armed officers had to restrain members of the public who attempted to get at the accused as they were brought in a side entrance to the courthouse.
Members of both the Waters and Kelly families were inside the court for the short hearing.
Detective Garda Paraig O' Dwyer gave evidence of charging Patrick O'Brien, with an address at Glanntan, Golf Links Road, Castletroy, Limerick, with the double murder.
Thomas Stewart, of The Cedars, Briarfield, Castletroy, was charged with the murders by Detective Garda Pat Whelan.
Inspector Derek Smart asked that both accused be remanded in custody to appear before the same court again via video link on Thursday.
Solicitor Darach McCarthy was assigned to represent both of the accused men.
Judge Tom O'Donnell noted that as both men faced murder charges, bail applications would be a matter for the High Court.
As he was being escorted from the courtroom, O'Brien shouted "f*** ye" at members of the victim's families. In response, people in the public gallery shouted "scumbag" and 'f*** you' as he was led away.
Judge O'Donnell warned that he would clear the court if there was any further repetition. Both cases were adjourned until Thursday, when both men will appear before Limerick District Court via video link from Limerick prison.