A 23-YEAR-OLD man has appeared at court charged with the murder of a man who was shot and dumped in a ditch.
Ross Allen of Kilmonaghan Lodge, Clara, Co Offaly is accused of murdering Christy Daly (47) - a father-of-six - at Kilbride in Clara on December 29, 2013.
Allen was brought to Portlaoise district court this morning.
Det Sgt Jer Glavin told Judge Catherine Staines that the defendant made no reply when charged and cautioned at Portlaoise Garda Station at 9.29pm last night.
Mr Daly's remains were discovered in a drain at Bog Road, Kilbride, Clara on January 7.
Insp Kieran Keyes applied to have the defendant remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison.
Applying for legal aid, solicitor Aideen Pendred said her client was not working at the moment.
Judge Staines granted legal aid and remanded Mr Allen in custody to reappear before a sitting of Cloverhill district court next Thursday.
Daly was shot eight times in the chest and the arm almost a week before his body was found in the rural area.
His body was discovered sitting upright in a six-foot drain on a bog lane, near where he had been living in a caravan since his release from the Midlands jail in Portlaoise on December 7 last.
Following the discovery, the remains were examined by State pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy.
Gardai became concerned for his safety after his caravan and two vehicles were found burnt out on the Friday, close to where his body was found.
Daly, who formerly lived in Clara and neighbouring Ballycumber, was the father of six children.