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Tuesday 21 October 2014

WARD IS CHARGED WITH DORR MURDER

CLASHES OUTSIDE COURT HEARING

Alison COMYN

Published 29/06/2011 | 12:14

THERE were clashes outside Drogheda District Court today ( Tuesday) as a 36-year-old man appeared charged with the murder of Dundalk teenager Niall Dorr last October.

Douglas 'Dougie' Ward, with an address at 7 Loughantarve, Knockbridge, was arrested at his home this morning, before being brought before Judge Flann Brennan at Drogheda District Court.

The defendant made no reply to the charge of murder, and is remanded to Cloverhill until next Tuesday.

Supporters of Ward arrived with the Garda car carrying the defendant at around 1.40pm on Tuesday, and there were clashes with photographers, as some of the supporters attempted to stop them taking pictures.

A number of punches were thrown during the scuffle, and a photographer received a bite or scratch to the arm that required treatment.

Ward, dressed in a red t-shirt, grey hooded jacket and black jogging pants, said nothing as he was ushered into the court under a heavy garda presence.

He remained impassive as Inspector Brendan Cadden outlined the details of arrest, charge and caution, and the defendant's solicitor was granted free legal aid as Ward is unemployed.

Judge Flann Brennan remanded the defendant in custody until next Tuesday.

The charge relates to the death of Niall Dorr (18), Avondale Park, Avondale Road, who received serious head injuries in an incident less than three kilometres from his home on Wednesday October 13th. SUPPORTERS of Douglas 'Dougie' Ward clashed with photographers outside Drogheda District Court earlier today ( Tuesday), as the 36-yearold man appeared charged with the murder of Dundalk teenager Niall Dorr last October.

Ward, with an address at 7 Loughantarve, Knockbridge, was arrested at his home on Tuesday morning, before being brought before Judge Flann Brennan at Drogheda District Court.

The defendant made no reply to the charge of murder, and is remanded to Cloverhill until next Tuesday.

Supporters of Ward arrived with the Garda car carrying the defendant at around 1.40pm on Tuesday, and there were clashes with photographers, some of the supporters attempted to stop them taking pictures.

A number of punches were thrown during the scuffle, and a photographer received a bite or scratch to the arm that required treatment.

Ward, dressed in a red t-shirt, grey hooded jacket and black jogging pants, said nothing as he was ushered into the court under a heavy garda presence.

He remained impassive as Inspector Brendan Cadden outlined the details of arrest, charge and caution, and the defendant's solicitor Mr Frank McDonnell was granted free legal aid as Ward is unemployed.

Judge Flann Brennan remanded the defendant in custody at Cloverhill until next Tuesday.

The charge relates to the death of Niall Dorr (18), Avondale Park, Avondale Road, who received serious head injuries in an incident less than three kilometres from his home on Wednesday October 13th.

A kickboxing champion, the former St Mary's College student received head and face injuries and passed away on Thursday October 14th at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

Earlier he had being transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, but then transferred back to the Drogheda hospital, where he was put on a lifesupport machine, before passing away.

It is believed that Niall was with two friends and walking along Castle Road when they became involved in a row with another group of seven people, between 9pm and 9.20pm.

Just hours before the incident, Niall, who was a member of the Cobra-Kan kickboxing club in Dundalk, had attended an interview for the Army.

He had already passed a fitness test.

Niall Dorr is survived by his parents David and Veronica and older brother Shane.

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