Prosecutors given more time to prepare case against two young women charged with murder
Prosecutors have been given more time to prepare their case against two young women charged with the murder of a man who was shot dead in front of his girlfriend at a Dublin flats complex last year.
Laura Dempsey (25) and Yasmin Stephens (21) were remanded in custody for another month at Dublin District Court today.
Judge Michael Walsh allowed extra time for the prosecution to prepare books of evidence before the defendants are sent for trial to the Central Criminal Court.
Ms Dempsey, of no fixed address and Ms Stephens, of Albert College Avenue, Glasnevin, are both charged with murdering Kieran Farrelly (33), who was fatally shot in the head and body in the north inner city.
The shooting happened at Killarney Court, Killarney Street, near Portland Row on October 26, 2014.
Today, a State Solicitor said the case was in court for the service of a book of evidence but it was not ready.
She sought an extension of the time required for its completion.
Judge Michael Walsh granted this and adjourned the case to December 8.
Neither defendant addressed the court during the brief hearing.
Previously, Detective Garda Kevin Keys said in evidence Ms Dempsey replied to the charge after caution: ‘I didn’t kill Kieran Farrelly’.
Following the shooting last year, the area outside the flats complex was sealed off for a full forensic examination by garda technical experts and the State pathologist attended the scene.
A post-mortem examination found that Mr Farrelly, who was originally from Tallaght, died from gunshot injuries.