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Florin Fitzpatrick, who appeared in court yesterday in
relation to the murder of schoolteacher John Kenny

Florin Fitzpatrick, who appeared in court yesterday in relation to the murder of schoolteacher John Kenny

Florin Fitzpatrick, who appeared in court yesterday in relation to the murder of schoolteacher John Kenny

A 37-YEAR-OLD Romanian man has been remanded in custody, charged with withholding information in connection with the ongoing investigation into the murder of schoolteacher and publican John Kenny.

Separated father of two Florin Fitzpatrick, who took the surname of his Irish wife, and with a former rental address at The Green, College Road, Galway, appeared in custody before a special sitting of Galway District Court yesterday.

He is charged with withholding information from gardai between September 25 and October 1 in relation to the unlawful death of Mr Kenny at his pub at Main Street, Oughterard, Co Galway.

Supt Noel Kelly objected to bail because of the seriousness of the charge and he believed the man also posed a flight risk.

Defence solicitor Valerie Corcoran said her client had lived in Ireland for 10 years and had worked as a security guard at Galway bus station for seven years. He was married to an Irish woman for five years and had two Irish children but was now separated.

Judge Mary Fahy refused bail and remanded the accused in custody to appear at Harristown District Court in Co Roscommon on Friday.

Mr Kenny (56) was found dead at his pub in Oughterard in the early hours of last Sunday.

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