July 16, 2024

BOMB SCARE: Suspect unlikely to face charges yet, medical check underway

A FULL medical background check is being carried out on the suspect who placed the device that brought large parts of Kilkenny city-centre to a standstill for hours today.

In a morning of drama, gardai cordoned off High Street and Kieran’s Street after a suspicious package was discovered shortly after 6am on the Butterslip.

The entire area was closed off to traffic and pedestrians as a safety precaution before members of the Army Bomb Squad were called to the scene, where they later carried out a controlled explosion on the device. The streets were finally declared safe just before 11am.

A man in his 50s was arrested in connection with the bomb scare, which Garda sources tonight described as a “hoax” incident.

The suspect remains in custody at Kilkenny Garda Station, where an incident room was set up to investigate today’s events.

A local Garda source confirmed a full background medical check is being carried out on the suspect, and that he is unlikely to face formal charges yet.

A file of the matter is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

PHOTOS: Pat Moore 

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