Friday 23 March 2018

Face of murdered archaeologist as student charged with murder

The body of Emmet Connolly is removed from the house in Cootehill, Co Cavan, yesterday
The body of Emmet Connolly is removed from the house in Cootehill, Co Cavan, yesterday

This is the young archaeologist who was murdered in Cootehill in Cavan yesterday morning.

Emmet Connolly (32) was stabbed to death at a house at the Lodge View estate yesterday morning.

Earlier today, a 28-year-old student made no reply when he was charged with the murder of archaeologist Emmet Connolly who died following a fatal stabbing in Cootehill in Cavan at the weekend.

Mr Connolly, 32, from Rockcorry, Co Monaghan had recently returned to Ireland after spending 18 months in Australia and had been socialising in Cootehill on Saturday last when he went to a house at Lodge View estate.

His body was found at the house in the early hours on Sunday morning.

Father-of-three Kevin Moran, who is originally from Dublin but has an address at Lodge View, Cootehill, was charged with the murder of Mr Connolly.

Detective Inspector Fergus Treanor told Judge Patricia McNamara at Dublin District Court that at 11.40 pm on Sunday in Bailleborogh, Co Cavan, he charged the 28-year-old who “made no reply”.

Mr Moran, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, remained silent during the brief hearing. Legal aid was granted after his solicitor Martin Cosgrove told Judge McNamara that Mr Moran is a single parent who earns €290 having recently started on a Fetac sports course.

Judge McNamara said that due to the nature of the charge bail could not be granted in the district court.

She remanded the student, who was wearing a blue T-shirt, navy tracksuit bottoms and brown shoes, in custody pending his next hearing which will take place at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

By Tom Tuite

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