Thursday 29 September 2016

Man appears in court charged with pub murder

Published 30/05/2016 | 02:30

A Garda car escorts a van with Eamonn Cumberton on board yesterday
A Garda car escorts a van with Eamonn Cumberton on board yesterday
Victim Barr was originally from Co Tyrone but had been living in north Dublin for the past several years

A man has been charged with the murder of Michael Barr, who was shot dead in north Dublin last month as he sat in the Sunset House pub.

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Eamonn Cumberton (29), with an address at Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7, appeared before a brief sitting at the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) yesterday morning.

Wearing dark clothes and a jacket, he sat in the dock for the duration of the hearing and did not speak.

He kept his head bowed for most of the proceedings.

Gda Sgt Brian Delaney gave evidence of the arrest, caution and charge of Mr Cumberton.

He said he was arrested at 11.36pm on Saturday for Barr's murder on April 25.

The court, in front of judge Marie Quirke, heard that the accused made no response to the charge.

An application for legal aid was made by Mr Cumberton's lawyer, John Quinn, which was granted.

The court heart that Mr Cumberton had no source of income and was receiving social welfare.

He was remanded in custody to appear again before Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

Earlier yesterday, gardaí said Mr Cumberton was being held at the Bridewell Garda Station.

Following his death, friends and associates paid tribute to Barr (38), who was originally from Co Tyrone but had been living in north Dublin for the past several years.

"Our thoughts are with his partner, children, father and entire family circle at this difficult time and we hope they find some comfort in the fact that Mickey was held in such high regard by his comrades," said one association of which he was a member.

Another message posted online read: "Tragically taken from his family and young children, my thoughts are with them, his friends and comrades at this time. May he rest in peace."

Other tributes were left in the comments section of the post.

One person wrote: "RIP Mickey lad, sent many a letter to the guy, sound guy."

Another said: "RIP, may you get the best bed in heaven."

Irish Independent

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