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Remanded in custody: Andrew Lacey at Dún Laoghaire District Court yesterday. Photo: Collins

Remanded in custody: Andrew Lacey at Dún Laoghaire District Court yesterday. Photo: Collins

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Remanded in custody: Andrew Lacey at Dún Laoghaire District Court yesterday. Photo: Collins

A 32-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was charged with murder in connection with a fatal stabbing in south Dublin last October.

Gardaí were called to the scene of an incident on Loughlinstown Drive, where Derek Reddin (31) was found with stab wounds following a row shortly after midnight on October 15 last.

Members of the Armed Support Unit, local Garda units and emergency services attended the scene but Mr Reddin, of Watson Drive, Killiney, Dublin, was pronounced dead a short time later. Mr Reddin worked as a volunteer with the charity You're Not Alone, which helps people who are sleeping on the streets.

Following directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Andrew Lacey (32), of Riverside, Loughlinstown, Dublin, was charged on Sunday with murder.

He was initially arrested and questioned last October and was released pending a file to the DPP.

He appeared before Judge Ann Watkin at Dún Laoghaire District Court yesterday. Details of his arrest and charge were furnished to the court by Detective Garda ­Stephen Ryan.

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Fatal stabbing: Derek Reddin (31) died in October 2019

Fatal stabbing: Derek Reddin (31) died in October 2019

Fatal stabbing: Derek Reddin (31) died in October 2019

Mr Lacey, who has not indicated how he will plead, stood silently throughout the hearing. He was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

The judge agreed to grant him legal aid following an application by his barrister Robert Crowley.

A book of evidence needs to be completed before he can be returned for trial to the ­Central Criminal Court.

Irish Independent