Dundalk stab murder accused remanded in absence
A YOUTH charged with the murder of a Japanese man in a stabbing in Dundalk in January has been further remanded in custody in his absence.
Mohamed Morei, 18, was remanded in custody on Jan. 4 after being charged with the murder of 24-year-old Yosuke Sasaki. He was unable to attend the seven subsequent hearings and could not appear at his eighth scheduled hearing at Cloverhill District Court.
The defendant has been receiving ongoing medical care in the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) in Dundrum where he could remain for several months.
Judge Victor Blake further remanded him in custody in his absence and adjourned the case for two weeks until May 3 next.
Mr Sasaki, from Ebina, west of Tokyo, was fatally stabbed on Avenue Road shortly before 9am on Jan. 3 last.
He had worked at National Pen, a call centre in Dundalk, Co. Louth and had lived in Ireland for the past year.
Following his death, an Irish man was injured when he was stabbed a short time later at a nearby location. At 9.40am, gardai received a report that another local man had been injured in an attack at Seatown Place.
Mr Morei was initially remanded in custody by Dundalk District Court on Jan. 4 after he was charged with the murder of Mr Sasaki.
At that hearing, Garda Inspector Martin Beggy said the youth's nationality had not yet been undetermined.
If he seeks bail this application will have to be made in the High Court, because he is facing a murder charge.