A GEORGIAN man has appeared at a special court sitting charged with the murder of a compatriot at an asylum centre eight years ago.
Badri Khvedelidze (32) appeared before Killarney District Court last night, where he was charged with the murder of George Tkeshelashvili (47) at an asylum centre in Tralee in October 2005. He was arrested at Dublin Airport yesterday, following his extradition from Spain. Mr Khvedelidze was remanded in custody to appear at Tralee Circuit Court again tomorrow.
MURDER ACCUSED BAILED
A 43-YEAR-OLD man accused of the murder of his partner's son, who died following a fatal stabbing last year, has been released from customon €15,000 bail.
Dave Mahon, a former estate agent from Dublin who has been living in Spain, was remanded in custody last week after he was charged with the murder of his partner's son, Dean Fitzpatrick (23), who was brother of missing teenager Amy Fitzpatrick, who vanished in Spain six years ago.
There was no objection by the State to bail for Mr Mahon. He will appear at Cloverhill court tomorrow.
BOMB FOUND IN STEREO
AN ARMY bomb disposal team was called to a housing estate after a suspected pipe bomb was discovered in the area.
The suspect device was found by a passer-by at a green area in Churchfield Avenue estate in Gurranabraher, Cork. The device, hidden in a portable stereo, was made safe by the Defence Forces Explosive Ordnance Disposal team at the scene by 7.20pm without the need for a controlled explosion. Gardai said it did not appear to be targeting anyone in the area.
Dwyer trial date
THE murder trial of Graham Dwyer has been moved forward three months, at the request of the defence.
Graham Dwyer (41) is charged with murdering Dublin childcare worker Elaine O'Hara (37) in Co Dublin on August 22, 2012.
Mr Dwyer, of Kerrymount Close in Foxrock, Dublin 18, was not in the Central Criminal Court when his case was called yesterday. He is in custody awaiting trial, which was scheduled to begin on April 13 next year.
£10 LORRY CHARGE
ALL lorry drivers will be charged £10 (€12) a day to travel on UK roads, including Northern Ireland. Hauliers want Environment Minister Phil Hogan to revise the tax regime on commercial vehicles here to help ease the cost of the levy which starts today.