Tuesday 23 January 2018

Book of evidence will be 'ready in two weeks' as man remanded in custody over murder of Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan

Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan
Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan

Eimear Cotter

A book of evidence will be ready in two weeks in the case of a man charged with the murder of Noel "Duck Egg" Kirwan, a court has heard.

Jason Keating (25) blew a kiss to a female friend as he was led out of Cloverhill District Court by prison officers.

The court heard that the book of evidence "will be ready in two weeks".

Judge Kathrn Hutton further remanded Mr Keating in custody to a date in September for the service of the book of evidence.

The accused, with an address at Lower Main Street in Rush, is charged with the murder of 62-year-old Noel Kirwan on December 22 last year.

The deceased man, a friend of Gerard “The Monk” Hutch, was sitting in a car outside his house at St Ronan’s Drive, in Clondalkin  when he was shot several times.

He was the tenth person to die in the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

His partner was sitting in the passenger seat of the car but was not injured in the shooting.

When the matter came before Cloverhill court on Friday, a State solicitor said the book of evidence was not yet ready.

She asked for a two week adjournment.

Defence solicitor Robert Purcell said Mr Keating has been in custody since the beginning of May and was anxious that matters be progressed.

Mr Pucell asked the judge to mark the matter peremptory for the book of evidence, meaning the charge could be struck out if the book is not available.

Judge Hutton said she would not make a peremptory ruling, but would note "hope for progress".

A State solicitor said the book "will be ready" on the next date.

Mr Keating has not yet indicated how he is pleading to the charge.

He did not address the court during the court hearing, but blew a kiss as he was led away to a female friend who sitting in the body of the courtroom.

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