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Three gardaí and retired superintendent sent forward for trial

Three gardaí and a retired superintendent have been sent forward for trial at the Circuit Court on almost 40 counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The four accused, who served in Limerick and the southern region, appeared before Limerick District Court this morning where they were served with the State’s Books of Evidence, which outlined each case against each accused.

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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had consented to all four of the accused being sent forward for trial.

The four accused were retired Limerick-based Superintendent Edmund O’Neil, Sergeant Michelle Leahy, Garda Tom McGlinchey and Garda Colm Geary.

A fifth accused was Garda Anne Marie Hassett, who was medically excused from appearing in court today and was granted a three-week adjournment.

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O’Neil is facing 30 counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice, Sergeant Hasset faces three counts, Sergeant Leahy faces two counts, Garda McGlinchey faces four counts and Garda Geary faces three counts.

They each signed a €300 bail bond and were remanded on continuing bail to appear before trial.

These charges follow a two-year investigation that was carried out by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal investigation (GNBCI) with all five accused being arrested by appointment last April and charged before Limerick District Court last May.

The charges against them relate to alleged road traffic offences that involved well-known sportspeople and media figures.

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