Thursday 26 April 2018

Dublin man facing trial charged with unlawfully killing retired garda

Blanchardstown District Court
Blanchardstown District Court

Andrew Phelan

A Dublin man is facing trial charged with unlawfully killing a retired garda at a house in the west of the city.

Ronan Byrne (27), who is accused of killing James (Seamus) Marren, had the case against him adjourned for the preparation of a book of evidence when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court today.

Mr Byrne, with an address at Lohunda Downs, Clonsilla, is charged with unlawfully killing Mr Marren on a date unknown between October 26 and October 31, 2013.

The offence, contrary to Common Law, is alleged to have happened at the accused's home address.

The case came before the court for the first time in August this year and the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment.

This means it will be sent to a higher court when a book of evidence is ready.

When the case was called before Judge David McHugh today, state solicitor Jonathan Antoniotti said the book of evidence was not ready yet.

He asked the judge to grant another adjournment.

The judge remanded the defendant on continuing bail, to appear in court again on a date next month.

Former Garda Marren (54) previously served at Cabra, Clontarf, Bridewell and Monaghan town garda stations, before his retirement in 2011.

Mr Marren had spent a short time assigned to Aras an Uachtarain in the Phoenix Park.

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