Tuesday 20 February 2018

Eamon Kelly murder accused arraignment fails to proceed - case adjourned

Brian Kavanagh

The case against a Dublin man accused of murdering Eamon Kelly has been adjourned until October.

Sean Connolly (34), with an address at Bernard Curtis House, Bluebell, appeared before a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court charged with murdering Mr Kelly at Furry Park Road, Killester on Dublin’s north-side, on December 4, 2012.

Mr Connolly was also charged with IRA membership and with possession of a firearm on the same occasion.

At the last hearing of the case, his legal counsel had asked the non-jury court to list the matter for arraignment today.

Hugh Hartnett SC this morning applied for the matter to be put back for mention on a date in October, the first month of the new court term.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court had understood the case was down for arraignment.

Mr Hartnett said he was making the application as there was disclosure that had not been completed.

Counsel for the State, Mr Paul Greene SC, said the prosecution had understood that the matter was for arraignment today but would consent to the case being put back.  He asked the court to order that the next hearing be made by way of video link.

Mr Justice Butler, sitting with Judge John O’Hagan and Judge William Hamill, said the court would list the matter for mention on October 30.

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