Man admits intimidating witness in case against his brothers

first_imgFacebook Email Previous articleThe immersive dance theatric of LingerNext articleA Limerick love story written up in lights Staff Reporter Linkedin Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Print Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A MAN who was extradited from Bulgaria is to be sentenced next March for threatening a witness in the trial of two of his brothers.Vincent Collopy (36) with addresses at Sunny Beach, Bulgaria and St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park, appeared before Limerick Circuit Court this week on a charge of threatening, menacing or intimidating Willie Moran on June 9, 2010 at Island Road, Limerick with the intention of causing the course of justice to be obstructed, perverted or interfered with.The father-of-three was also charged with threatening to kill the then 51-year-old Limerick man on the same date.Willie Moran was a witness in the trial of Kieran and Damian Collopy, both of St Ita’s Street, St Mary’s Park, Limerick, who were jailed for five years in 2011 for threatening to kill or cause serious harm to him on April 14, 2010.They alleged that Mr Moran owed up to €5,000 for horses to their late brother Philip, who accidentally shot himself in the head in March 2009.Vincent Collopy was arrested in Bulgaria on foot of a European arrest warrant issued by the High Court in November 2011.At Limerick Circuit Court on Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to threatening Mr Moran and Prosecution Counsel John O’Sullivan said a ‘nolle prosequi’ would be entered in the threat to kill charge at the sentencing hearing.Two weeks after the incident with Willie Moran on Island Road, Vincent Collopy moved to Manchester where he was living for a time before moving to Bulgaria.The State’s case was based on CCTV footage obtained from the area which corroborated Willie Moran’s evidence.Mr Moran had been under 24-hour Garda protection, with security arrangements on monthly review by a committee chaired by Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan of Henry Street Garda station.Vincent Collopy was remanded on his own bond of €5,000, one-third of which was lodged in court, and an independent surety of €9,000, one-third of which was also lodged.As part of the bail conditions, he was ordered to live at his home address, sign on daily at Henry Street Garda station, not to have any contact with Willie Moran and to surrender all his travel documents.Last July, he was refused permission to leave the country and have his passport returned for the purpose of travelling to Morocco with his parents and brothers for a week-long holiday. It was submitted that Mr Collopy’s father was in ill-health and the family wished to travel together.During Tuesday’s hearing, Judge O’Donnell was told by defence counsel Michael Bowman SC that Vincent Collopy had “significant life changes” given the amount of time that had passed since the offence.His older brother Brian Collopy was convicted and ultimately sentenced to six years in prison after appeal, for a similar offence.However Mr Bowman argued that there were “certain factors during the trial that were unique to Brian Collopy”.He added that his client’s father had since passed away and sought that a probation report be submitted to the court.Judge O’Donnell adjourned sentencing until March 15 and remanded Vincent Collopy on continuing bail. NewsMan admits intimidating witness in case against his brothersBy Staff Reporter – January 24, 2016 1879 Advertisementlast_img read more

Bleach: March Madness invades thinking

first_imgWith no Florida or Mexico trip to occupy my Spring Break this year, I did what any good college basketball fan would do: parked it in front of a TV and grew emotionally attached to large men I have never met before in my life (I’m looking at you, Cole Aldrich).While other students were screaming over the music so friends could hear them in a Panama City Beach dance club, I was busy yelling at the high-definition athletes to throw the damn ball in the post and explaining to Clark Kellogg why coaches don’t foul when they are up by three with 10 seconds left in the game.Just like 780 athlete-students (give or take), I had entered into tourney mode.Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem. Break ended and I went back to classes without a hitch like everybody else (except, of course, the athlete-students who will blow off school to prepare for the NBA Draft and the others who will just blow off school for fun).But when I sat down to write this column, I found I couldn’t escape my tourney mode daze with the Sweet 16 fast approaching. Instead of the concise, organized ideas I normally have for this column, a bunch of random thoughts were flipping on and off in my head like two simultaneous games in overtime on CBS.Why fight it, I figured.Like the 16 games we will see over the next four days, here are 16 sweet observations, thoughts and tangents about the Madness of March (hopefully they will be less predictable than the actual tournament).1. Let’s be clear. Arizona did not deserve to make the tournament. Yes, they have won two games. Yes, they are talented. But getting hot at the right time doesn’t justify an otherwise incredibly mediocre season. In fact, it proves they just underachieved all year instead of playing at a consistently high level. I would rather watch a deserving St. Mary’s and Patty Mills any day.2. Ty Lawson’s toe injury is not over with yet. Though the speedy point guard played well last weekend, one little piggy being hurt often bothers athletes more than they let on. Just remember if/when he sits out the second half of a game…3. In an age with PowerPoint and whatever presentation tool Apple computers use, the bracket went old school and reverted to chalk.4. Despite coach John Calipari denying free throws were Memphis’ Achilles heel, the Tigers lost in the finals last year converting only one of their final five attempts from the charity stripe. This season, UM jumped up 8 percent to a respectable 69.5 percent from the line as a team.5. Fearless prediction No. 1: Despite Memphis and Missouri being two of the fastest-paced teams left in the tournament, the game won’t be the high-scoring thriller most are expecting. Both schools set the tone with their defensive acumen first.6. The SEC and Pac-10 combined to put one team — the dominant force that is Arizona — into the second weekend of the tournament. Way to represent.7. The Big East, on the other hand, proved once again how ridiculous the conference actually is. The usually reliable Pomeroy ratings screwed up somewhere placing the beasts from the east behind the ACC and the Pac-10.8. Why does anyone outside of North Carolina ever root for Duke?9. Star-driven teams are finding it increasingly difficult to succeed in the tournament. Wake Forest (Jeff Teague), Arizona State (James Harden) and Florida State (Toney Douglas) all tripped up with a lack of balanced scoring to support the future NBA players.10. Fearless prediction No. 2: Gonzaga will try on the glass slipper once again (if a four seed can really be a bracket buster) and knock out North Carolina. I wouldn’t want to be a water cooler around Tyler Hansbrough if it actually happens.11. Not so fearless prediction: Someone from Syracuse is going to score a two-point takedown on Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin. My money is on the lovable Eric Devendorf.12. Shouldn’t Billy Packer be brought back for this weekend? After whining about too many mid-majors playing in 2006, Packer must be exhilarated to see so many big boys competing the second weekend.13. It seems like the referees giving two quick fouls to some team’s most important player might end up deciding a lot more than fans are comfortable with. I say let the boys play.14. Although college ball was obviously top-heavy talent wise this season, every contender still has a serious flaw to deal with. Whether its lack of perimeter shooting, a short bench or a stubbed toe, whichever team wins six straight will be the one that handles its weakness best.15. Fearless prediction No. 3: The Big Ten has flown under the radar the entire tournament. Either Michigan State or Purdue will step on some toes at the dance before it is all said and done.16. Despite the complaints about a lack of upsets, the competitive and quality basketball played over the next four days will make everyone forget about that darling Disney princess Cinderella.Michael is a junior majoring in journalism. Have a problem with the inner workings of his mind? He can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more