A 44-year-old Limerick man has appeared in court in connection with the fatal attack on father-of-two Gerard Curtin in the early hours of Saturday morning.
At a special sitting of Ennis District Court on Sunday evening, Joe Cahill, with an address at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, Limerick, appeared after being charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Curtin with intent or negligence at the same address on November 4.
The charge contravenes Section 4 of the Non-Fatal Offenses Against the Person Act.
Mr Curtin was found unresponsive outside a house in the Garryowen area in the early hours of Saturday.
There was a heavy Garda presence at Ennis Courthouse on Sunday evening during the two-minute trial, including members of the Armed Support Unit.
In court, Insp Daragh Browne of Henry Street Garda Police Station in Limerick told Judge Marie Keane that the Garda application was for Mr Cahill to be remanded in custody to seek instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Giving evidence of the arrest, charge and caution, Garda Enda Barrett told the court that he arrested Mr Cahill for the purpose of charging at Henry Street Garda station in Limerick at 12.54am on Sunday morning and charged him at 1.20am.
Garda Barrett said Mr Cahill made no response to the charge and caution.
Mr Cahill’s lawyer Eamonn Dillon said he had no questions for Garda Barrett about his client’s arrest, charge and caution.
Mr Dillon said the Garda application for remand was based on consent and that he was not required to apply for bail at this stage. No application for legal aid was made.
The judge remanded Mr Cahill in custody to appear via video link at Limerick District Court on Tuesday, November 7.
Mr Curtain’s funeral will take place in Limerick on Wednesday.