Saturday 3 December 2016

Teen charged with seriously assaulting Wesley Mooney, who later died

By Eimear Cotter

Published 07/06/2016 | 13:05

The remains of Wesley Mooney, inset, the scene of the stabbing
The remains of Wesley Mooney, inset, the scene of the stabbing

A TEENAGER has been charged with seriously assaulting Wesley Mooney, who died following an incident in Finglas in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday.

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Martin Keenan (18) appeared in custody before Blanchardstown District Court this morning.

Judge John Lindsay remanded Mr Keenan on cash bail to appear before the court again on a date in July for DPP's directions on the charge.

The accused, with an address at St Joseph's Park in Finglas, is charged with seriously assaulting Wesley Mooney.

The alleged assault took place at Dunsink Lane in Finglas in the early hours of June 6.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, but despite the best efforts of paramedics Mr Mooney (33) was pronounced dead a short time later.

Detective Sergeant Alan Barry said Mr Keenan was arrested at Finglas Garda Station shortly before 3am this morning and later charged by Sergeant James Nugent.

Sgt Barry said Mr Keenan was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and he made no reply to the charge after caution.

Sgt Barry objected to bail, citing the seriousness of the charge and the strength of the evidence.

The sergeant claimed that Mr Keenan was caught "red handed" at the scene.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Mr Keenan, who is married, would abide by any bail conditions.

Judge Lindsay remanded Mr Keenan on bail in his own bond of 1,500 cash.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Keenan must sign on daily at Finglas Garda Station, he must surrender his passport and not apply for any new travel documentation.

Mr Keenan has also been ordered to have no contact with a named witness.

Mr Fleming said the accused was in a position to lodge the cash bail.

Judge Lindsay adjourned the matter to a date in July for DPP's directions on the charge.

Mr Keenan, wearing floral shorts and a football jersey, did not address the court during the short hearing.

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