Monday 9 December 2019

Angry scenes as man charged with Christy Daly murder

Members of the public gesture at the accused
Members of the public gesture at the accused
Garda forensics pictured leaving the scene after the body of Christy Daly was found in a drainage ditch beside a burnt out caravan at Kilbride near Clara. Pic Frank Mc Grath

Eoghan MacConnell

THERE were angry scenes in court today as a man was charged with the murder of Christy Daly in Co Offaly last December.

Keelan Hand (23) with an address at Bridge Street, Kilcormac, Co Offaly was charged at 10.50am this morning.

He is the third man to be charged with Mr Daly's murder.

Detective Garda Patrick Cleary said Mr Hand "had nothing to say" when charged with the murder in Tullamore Garda Station.

Inspector Kieran Keyes successfully applied to have the defendant remanded in custody to Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Catherine Staines granted legal aid at Tullamore District Court and remanded the defendant in custody to Cloverhill Prison to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.

Christy Daly's body was discovered in a drain close to a burnt out caravan and two burnt out cars at Bog Road, Kilbride, Clara on January 7.

A post mortem revealed the 47-year-old father-of-six had been shot a number of times in the upper body. Gardai believe he was murdered on December 29.

Two men, aged 20 and 23, remain in custody having been charged with Mr Daly's murder in February.

The murder sparked a major garda investigation involving gardai from the Laois/Offaly Garda Division, supported by Gardai from specialist units including the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NCBI) and the Emergency Response Unit(ERU and augmented by local detective units and Divisional Search Teams.

In the course of the investigation to date, 50 searches were carried out and 135 people have been interviewed. To date, eight people arrested have been arrested in connection with the investigation and garda inquiries are ongoing.

As a result of the extensive investigation, two men aged 24 and 25 years were arrested in Dublin this morning. They are currently detained at Tullamore and Birr Garda Stations under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act where they can be held for up to seven days.

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