Monday 18 December 2017

Dublin man extradited from NI and charged with murder of young dad

The Courts of Criminal Justice Dublin
The Courts of Criminal Justice Dublin

Andrew Phelan

A Dublin man has been extradited from Northern Ireland and charged with murdering a father-of-two who was shot dead in Tallaght five years ago.

Gary Flynn (29) appeared in Dublin District Court charged with the murder of Seamus O'Byrne (27), who was shot and killed outside his home in 2009.

He was arrested by gardai in Co Louth this afternoon on foot of a European arrest warrant before being charged and brought to court. Mr Flynn had already been in custody in the north for several months before his extradition.

Judge Bryan Smyth remanded him in custody for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Flynn, with an address at Rossfield Drive, Tallaght is charged with murdering Mr O'Byrne at Tymon Park North, Tallaght, on March 13, 2009.

Garda John Tuthill of Tallaght Station said he arrested the defendant at 12.16pm today at a hotel carpark in Dundalk.

This was on foot of an arrest warrant issued on February 29, 2012 in relation to the murder of Mr O'Byrne, he said.

The accused was brought to Tallaght Garda Station, where he was charged at 3.20pm. The accused was handed a copy of the charge sheet and made no reply after caution. A copy of the arrest warrant was handed in to court at Judge Smyth's request.

Garda Tuthill applied for the accused to be remanded in custody. Defence Solicitor Michael Hennessy said there was consent to a remand until May 14. There was no bail application as this cannot be granted at District Court level on a murder charge.

Mr Hennessy applied for legal aid for the defendant, who he said had spent 'some months in custody.' He handed a statement of Mr Flynn's financial means in to court.

Judge Smyth granted legal aid, assigning Mr Hennessy.

The accused, wearing a red jumper, blue jeans and blue and white runners did not address the court during the brief hearing but waved and raised a thumb at a group of supporters who sat in the public gallery.

Mr O’Byrne was fatally shot while his girlfriend was putting their baby son in their car outside their home.  She was also shot in the leg as she confronted her partner’s killer.

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