Sunday 29 March 2015

Man who murdered mother should have been in custody at the time

Shane Phelan Public Affairs Editor

Published 12/08/2014 | 16:14

Celyn Eadon, 22, arriving at Swinford District Court, Co Mayo, in March 2011 where he was charged with the murder of his mother Noree Kelly Eadon. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus....NWS
Celyn Eadon, 22, arriving at Swinford District Court, Co Mayo, in March 2011 where he was charged with the murder of his mother Noree Kelly Eadon. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus....NWS

A MAN who killed his mother by stabbing her 19 times while high on drugs should have been in custody at the time.

A report by the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, reveals a number of gardai faced internal disciplinary proceedings after Celyn Eadon (22) was not remanded in custody despite his detention being ordered by a court.

Less than a month after he should have been remanded, Eadon killed his mother Noirin Kelly.

He was jailed for life last February after a jury found him guilty of murder.

Judge Reilly was commissioned to investigate the affair by former justice minister Alan Shatter.

The judge’s report said Eadon, who was facing road traffic charges, was remanded in custody with consent to bail, which he was unable to pay, on February 16, 2011 at Castlebar District Court in Co Mayo.

Despite the remand order, Eadon walked out of court and remained free until he was arrested over the murder of his mother on March 11, 2011.

Judge Reilly said that from an early stage of his investigation the garda authorities accepted they had received the committal warrant that was issued by the court.

Arising from the failure to execute the warrant, disciplinary proceedings were initiated by the then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan against a number of officers.

As a result of this, Judge Reilly said he was legally precluded from investigating the conduct of the gardai involved.

The judge found that Courts Service staff had followed proper procedures.

The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission is currently examining garda practice, policy and procedure in relation to dealing with people who are committed to custody on remand by a court.

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