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Keane Mulready-Woods: Man appears in court charged in connection with death of teenager

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Keane Mulready-Woods was murdered and dismembered (Garda handout/PA)

Keane Mulready-Woods was murdered and dismembered (Garda handout/PA)

Gerard McKenna pictured at Drogheda Courthouse 
 Picture: Gerry Mooney

Gerard McKenna pictured at Drogheda Courthouse Picture: Gerry Mooney

Drogheda Courthouse 
Picture; Gerry Mooney

Drogheda Courthouse Picture; Gerry Mooney

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Keane Mulready-Woods was murdered and dismembered (Garda handout/PA)

A man has appeared in court charged with allegedly impeding the apprehension or prosecution of another person in connection with the death of teenager Keane Mulready-Woods.

Gerard McKenna (50) with an address at Rathmullen Park, Drogheda faced a single charge when he appeared at Drogheda District Court this morning.

It is alleged that on a date unknown between January 12 and 14 at locations in the vicinity of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda whereas another person having committed an arrestable offence namely the murder of Mulready-Woods, McKenna knowing or believing that the said person to be guilty of the said offence or some other arrestable offence, did without reasonable excuse an act with intent to impede the apprehension or prosecution of the said person.

The offence is contrary to section 7 (2) and (4) of the Criminal Law Act.

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Gerard McKenna pictured at Drogheda Courthouse 
 Picture: Gerry Mooney

Gerard McKenna pictured at Drogheda Courthouse Picture: Gerry Mooney

Gerard McKenna pictured at Drogheda Courthouse Picture: Gerry Mooney

When the case was called at Drogheda District Court, Det Sgt Peter Cooney gave evidence of charging McKenna at 9.15pm on Thursday night.

In reply to the charge, after caution, the court heard McKenna said, ’no thanks no.’

Solicitor David Thompson he said there was no application for bail and court presenter, Gda Sgt Ray Brady, asked for him to be remanded in custody to Cloverhill District Court sitting on the 5th March.

Sgt Brady asked that Gardai be given 48 hours notice of any bail application.

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Drogheda Courthouse 
Picture; Gerry Mooney

Drogheda Courthouse Picture; Gerry Mooney

Drogheda Courthouse Picture; Gerry Mooney

Judge Eirinn McKiernan directed he receive any necessary medical attention while in custody.

She remanded McKenna in custody to appear to appear at Cloverhill District Court on March 5 at 10.30am.

The 17-year-old, from Drogheda, Co Louth, was murdered and dismembered, with parts of his body dumped in two different parts of Dublin in January.

The teenager's limbs were found in a bag in Coolock, while other body parts were found in a burnt-out car in Drumcondra.

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