Tuesday 25 September 2018

'I'm no Muslim' - outbursts of man charged with murder of Japanese man

Mohamed Morei (18) outside Dundalk District Court yesterday evening where he was charged with the murder of a Yosuke Sasaki. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Mohamed Morei (18) outside Dundalk District Court yesterday evening where he was charged with the murder of a Yosuke Sasaki. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Robin Schiller

A young man charged with the murder of a Japanese man made a number of outbursts in court including "I'm no gay" and "I'm no Muslim".

A massive Garda security operation was put in place as Mohamed Morei (18) was brought before a special sitting of Dundalk District Court.

He was charged with the murder of Yosuke Sasaki (24) on January 3.

The accused appeared before Judge Gerry Jones, and the court heard that there were issues with confirming Mr Morei's nationality.

Garda Inspector Martin Beggy told the court that there was nothing "in common between the deceased and the accused".

When asked if there were any concerns for Mr Morei, the senior investigator replied: "We have a concern. He has presented certain matters to us and we would have concerns. We would request that he receive appropriate medical and psychiatric care in custody."

Garda Damien Welby said that Mr Morei was charged at 5.20pm and made no reply when cautioned. The charge was then read by an interpreter.

Gda Welby, of Blackrock Garda Station, was the unarmed officer who initially arrested the accused on Wednesday. Mr Morei, wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a dark sweatshirt, made a number of outbursts including: "I'm no gay", "F*** you" and "I'm no Muslim".

Defence counsel Barry Callan applied for free legal aid for the accused, that an Arabic translator be provided, and that Mr Morei be medically and psychologically evaluated.

There was no application for bail, and the accused will re-appear before Cloverhill court next Thursday, via video link.

Several people had gathered outside the courthouse, with gardaí forced to restrain some.

Irish Independent

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