Thursday 17 August 2017

Suspect remanded over body in slurry pit

A MAN was yesterday remanded in custody for two weeks, charged with the murder of a man whose body was recovered from a slurry tank, writes Ralph Riegel.

Jason Thomas (38), of Mt Pleasant Road, Exeter, England, appeared again yesterday before Clonakilty District Court in west Cork. He is charged with the murder of Gary Bull (37), a UK-born new-age traveller, almost three years ago.

The offence is alleged to have occurred at Shanlaragh, Dunmanway, Co Cork, on or around September 23, 2007.

Mr Bull was a native of Hertfordshire in the UK but had been living in west Cork for a number of years as part of an extended new-age traveller community in the area.

When charged with the offence, Mr Thomas replied, after being asked by gardai if he had anything to say: "Not at this minute."

Mr Thomas was arrested at Cork Airport earlier this month after he was extradited from the UK on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

Yesterday, Judge Tim Lucey was told by Supt Pat Maher that gardai were seeking a remand in ongoing custody for a further two weeks.

Judge Lucey remanded Mr Thomas in continuing custody to appear again before Clonakilty District Court on August 26.

Irish Independent

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