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Friday 18 April 2014

Man charged with murder of homeless man in Phoenix Park remanded in custody

Ciaran Moran (27) who was charged with the murder of of Gerard Donnelly in the Phoenix Park this morning at court
Last Tuesday Ciaran Moran (pictured front) who has an address at Camden Hall, Camden Street, Dublin, was charged with the murder of Mr Donnelly at Wellington Road, in the Phoenix Park, on or about November 29 last

A 27-YEAR-OLD man charged with the murder of a homeless man whose burned remains were found in the Phoenix Park was further remanded in custody today.

The deceased, Gerard Donnelly, who is believed to have been from Tallaght in Dublin, had been sleeping rough in the park and his remains were discovered by gardai on November 29 when gardai spotted a fire near the Wellington Monument.

Mr Donnelly, who was aged 36 and was of no fixed abode, was identified by gardai through dental records and DNA samples.

Last Tuesday Ciaran Moran, who has an address at Camden Hall, Camden Street, Dublin, was charged with the murder of Mr Donnelly at Wellington Road, in the Phoenix Park, on or about November 29 last.

Detective Sergeant Thomas Lynch had told Dublin District Court last week that Mr Moran “made no reply after caution”.

Due to the nature of the charge, a bail application can only be made at the High Court and the 27-year-old was remanded in custody with an order that he was to get medical attention.

Today he appeared again at Cloverhill District Court where Judge Grainne Malone ordered a further remand in custody for another four weeks.

Members of the Gardai remove the body of Gerard Donnelly the Phoenix Park. Inset: Ciaran Moran who has been charged with Mr Donnelly's murder

Mr Moran who has not yet indicated how he will plead will face his next hearing on January 7th.

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