Sunday 20 August 2017

Man (25) remanded in custody, charged with murder of Noel Kirwan

Jason Keating
Jason Keating

Tom Tuite

A 25-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was court charged with the murder of Noel Kirwan in Dublin.

The 62-year-old was sitting in a car outside his house in St Ronan’s Drive, in Clondalkin on December 22 last when he was shot several times.

Murder victim Noel Kirwan and Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch
Murder victim Noel Kirwan and Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch

His partner was sitting in the passenger seat was but she was not injured in the shooting.

On Monday morning 25-year-old Jason Keating of Lower Main Street in Rush was brought to Blanchardstown District Court under armed escort charged with the murder of Mr Kirwan. Dressed in a blue T-shirt, navy tracksuit bottoms and holding a hooded top, he remained silent during the brief hearing.

Detective Sergeant Damien Gannon told the court Mr Keating was charged at Lucan Garda Station at 12.28 on Sunday afternoon and he made no reply after caution.

Judge David McHugh noted that it was a "very serious charge" and remanded the accused in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

In a murder case, a bail application can only be made in the High Court. Legal aid was granted.

A woman in her twenties, who was also arrested in connection with the investigation, has been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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