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Serving detective and a businessman to face trial on allegations of corruption

Neither of the accused spoke during the hearing.

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A SERVING DETECTIVE Garda has been sent forward for trial to Limerick Circuit Court, on allegations that he took money from a businessman in return for passing on confidential information about a Criminal Assets Bureau probe into the businessman’s company.

The Garda and the businessman were each arrested as part of a major probe into allegations of garda corruption.

The investigation is being conducted by Gardaí attached to the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), based in Dublin.

Detective Garda David Bourke, (48), with an address at Main Street Oola, Co Limerick, is charged with “corruptly obtaining” a payment or gift from Stephen O’Sullivan”, a director of Bawn Motors, a car sales firm, located at Ballysimon Rd, Limerick, contrary to Section 7 (2) of the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act, 2018.

Detective Garda Bourke faces a second charge that he did obtain the payment or gift during the course of his employment with An Garda Siochana for revealing to Mr O’Sullivan confidential information about a Criminal Assets Bureau investigation in relation to Bawn Motors, Section 5 (2) (B) of the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act, 2018.

Mr O’Sullivan, (37), with an address at Farrehy, Broadford, Co Limerick, was today also returned for trial.

He faces a single charge, that, he did corruptly give or agree to give Detective Garda Bourke payment, consideration, or advantage, for the Garda revealing to him confidential information concerning a CAB investigation into Bawn Motors, of which Mr O’Sullivan was a company director at the time.

Detective Garda Bourke, who wore a green padded jacket, navy pants, and tanned shoes, stood with his arms folded throughout today’s brief hearing at Limerick District Court.

Mr O’Sullivan wore a three-piece dark navy suit, white shirt, and tanned shoes.

Neither of the accused spoke during the hearing.

Detective Inspector Michael McNulty, NBCI, told the court he presented each accused with copies of the State’s alleged Book of Evidence against them.

A man and a woman were escorted from courtroom number six after shouting during the proceedings.

Judge Marian O’Leary, who dealt with each accused separately, told them that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had consented that they both face a trial at Limerick Circuit Court.

Judge O’Leary gave each accused the “alibi warning” where it was outlined to them that they had 14 days from today to inform the State of any potential alibi witnesses they may wish to call at their forthcoming trial.

The charges against the two accused are alleged to have occurred on 22 December, 2018, at a location at Bruree, Co Limerick.

During last Friday’s court sitting it was heard that Det Gda Bourke was arrested by Det Insp McNulty at 8.25am, that morning, at a location in Co Tipperary.

Detective Garda Bourke was then brought to Shannon Garda Station in Co Clare where he was charged with two offences at 11.20am by Garda Michael Newport.

He made no reply to each charge after caution, the court heard.

The accused Garda’s bail conditions are that he sign on twice weekly at Tipperary Town Garda Station, between 6am-9pm; surrender his passport and not apply for a duplicate travel documentation; be contactable at all times; and that he reside at his home address in Oola.

Detective Sergeant Dave Gilmore, NBCI, gave evidence last Friday of arresting Stephen O’Sullivan at 8.57am, that morning, in Broadford, Co Limerick.

Mr O’Sullivan, who the court heard is currently working in Newmarket, was brought to Shannon Garda Station, where he was charged at 10.30am with one offence by Garda Michael Newport.

Mr O’Sullivan’s bail conditions are that, he  sign on twice weekly at Kanturk Garda Station, Co Cork; that he reside at his home address in Broadford, Co Limerick; and that he notify gardai in writing if he intends to change address.

Today, Judge O’Leary remanded both accused on continuing bail to appear for trial before the next sittings of Limerick Circuit Court, on their own bonds of €300.

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