Four men charged with conspiracy to murder further remanded in custody
Four men charged with conspiracy to murder a Dublin man have been further remanded in custody.
Alan Wilson, Luke Wilson, Liam Brannigan and Joseph Kelly are accused of a plot to murder Gary Hanley (28) from Dublin’s north inner city.
They were arrested by gardai attached to the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau on the evening of Nov. 6 in the city-centre’s north-side.
They were charged last weekend and remanded in custody following a court hearing on Monday morning.
Alan Wilson (38) from New Street Gardens, Dublin 8 and Liam Brannigan (37) from Bride Street, Dublin 8 are charged with conspiracy to murder Gary Hanley at a location within the State between Sept. 15 and Nov. 6 last.
Co-defendants Joseph Kelly (35) from Kilworth Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12 and Luke Wilson (23) from Cremona Road in Ballyfermot, Dublin 10 are also accused of conspiracy to murder Mr Hanley along with two other firearms charges for unlawful possession of Beretta handgun and 15 rounds of ammunition with intent to endanger life at Philipsburgh Avenue, Fairview, Dublin 3 on Nov. 6 last, the date of their arrest.
The district court cannot grant bail in a murder conspiracy case.
They were remanded in custody by request of gardai and faced their second hearing ytoday appearing via video-link at Cloverhill District Court.
They were further remanded in custody to appear again at the same court on December 13 next for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions to be obtained.
Legal aid had been granted on Monday to Mr Brannigan’s co-defendants who were on social welfare, however, gardai objected to his defence being funded through the legal aid scheme.
Defence solicitor Edward Bradbury had said his client had been on social welfare until eight weeks ago. He lived at Bride Street with his mother, the solicitor said.
An order was made that his details had to be verified by the Department of Social Protection and passed on to the prosecuting garda.
Judge Bernadette Owens noted today that legal aid was still being sought by Mr Brannigan.
However, she also noted the garda objection and said it was not unreasonable for the prosecution to require the documentation from the Department of Social Protection.
She deferred ruling on that issue.
They have not yet indicated how they will plead to the charges.