Man admits shooting Gardaí and senior officers in high-speed chase

A man (22) was remanded in custody after admitting to firing dummy firearms, injuring a garda and leading a gardaí in a high-speed chase that ended when police used a dart to stop his car and taser him, after firing shots at them.

Tommy Mannah pleaded guilty in Cork Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving on Old Youghal Road in Cork on July 3, 2020 and using a fake firearm to resist arrest on the M8 at Ballynahina, Rathcormac, Co Cork on July 4, 2020.

Detective Sergeant Kieran O’Sullivan told court Mannah had an argument with his girlfriend at their rented apartment in Mount Vernon View in Cork City around 11 p.m. on July 3. Mannah then began firing two intimation firearms he owned, an M4 assault rifle and a Hechler & Koch semi-automatic pistol.

Detective Sergeant O’Sullivan said Gardaí believed the handgun Mannah used throughout the incident was real, and a ballistics expert who examined it later said he would not have it was possible for someone to know that he was able to shoot only pellets.

A number of Garda units responded to reports of shooting after Mannah came out into the street, but officers could not find him. Mannah had returned to his apartment and came out with the handgun. As Sgt Colin Greenway spoke to two female witnesses, Mannah began shooting him.

Sgt Greenway, who was in uniform, brought the women to safety before Mannah confronted him and began shooting him from a distance of less than 5 meters, forcing Sgt Greenway to take cover behind a parked car as he repeatedly told her to drop his gun. .

A former detective, Sgt Greenway realized upon seeing the flash of the handgun that it was not a real gun and he got out from behind the car and stretched out his arms to show he wasn’t armed only for Mannah to tell him to “Get the f ** k back” and shoot him again, hitting him in the arm.

Mannah then hopped into his girlfriend’s VW Golf and took off towards Military Hill, Old Youghal Road and Silversprings to Lower Glanmire Road where he started shooting through the car window at limbs. the Armed Support Unit. who were chasing him.

He passed through the village of Glanmire still pulling on the ASU and joined the M8 motorway, crashing through a barrier in the toll plaza and only stopping when the keeper of the divisional traffic unit from North Cork to Fermoy deployed a dart that punctured his car tires.

Detective Sergeant O’Sullivan said Mannah continued to shoot ASU members after getting out of his car, despite police repeatedly telling him to drop his gun they believed be a real gun. However, Mannah got back into the car and continued to fire, so they fired back.

ASU members repeatedly hit the car with gunshots before Mannah got out of the car again and Gardaí again ordered him to drop his gun, which he then did. Gardaí was worried about having another one hiding behind his back, so they stacked him up and overpowered him.

Mannah, who was under the influence of intoxicants at the time, was arrested and taken to Fermoy Garda station, but was then taken to Cork University Hospital where he was treated for a body injury. jaw he suffered when he crashed into the toll gate. .

He was then arrested after medics declared he was fit to be questioned and he was taken to Mayfield Garda station for questioning where he made a number of confessions including owning and discharging the two fake fire arms.

Detective Sergeant O’Sullivan told the court that Mannah, who was born in Sierra Leone but arrived in Ireland at the age of three, grew up in Mallow. He had left the family home when he started to get aggressive, but returned in 2018.

Mannah had previously been convicted three times, two for public order and one for driving under the influence of drugs, but since obtaining High Court bail for these charges he had been taking antipsychotic drugs and had not not caught Garda’s attention, he said.

Cross-examined by defense attorney Siobhan Lankford SC, Detective Sergeant O’Sullivan agreed that Mannah was under the influence of alcohol or drugs on the night in question and confirmed that Sergeant Greenway had recovered well from the injury he sustained the night.

Ms Lankford said she believed Mannah would benefit from a probation report and Judge Sean O Donnabhain said that although the events of the night were quite extraordinary, he accepted the request for a probation report and the detained to appear again on September 20. .

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