Tuesday 20 February 2018

Man (63) charged with murder of man outside takeaway

The scene of the stabbing on North Strand, Dublin 1.
The scene of the stabbing on North Strand, Dublin 1.

Eimear Cotter

A 63-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with murder after a man died from injuries he received outside a takeaway in Dublin at the weekend.

Donal Colgan (63) was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on August 26.

He must apply to the High Court for bail on a murder charge.

The accused, with an address at Killarney Court, Killarney Street, Dublin 1, appeared before an evening sitting of Dublin District Court charged with the murder of 45-year-old David Sheridan.

Mr Sheridan was allegedly stabbed a number of times outside a fast food restaurant close to his home in the North Strand area of Dublin between 10.15pm and 10.45pm on Sunday night, August 17.

The father of three, known as 'Gummy' to his friends, was taken by ambulance to the Mater Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery, but he lost his fight for life on Monday morning.

Detective Sergeant Mark Watters told the court that Mr Colgan was arrested on Tuesday morning and taken to Mountjoy Garda Station where he was detained for questioning.

Sgt Watters said Mr Colgan was charged in his presence at 1.20pm this afternoon. He was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and he made no reply to the charge after caution.

Defence solicitor Noelle Kenny asked Judge Deirdre Gearty to direct Mr Colgan receive medical attention, and the judge agreed to direct that.

Judge Deirdre Gearty remanded Mr Colgan in custody to appear before Cloverhill court next Tuesday.

Ms Kenny applied for free legal aid, saying Mr Colgan earns €550 gross each week and pays €91 in rent.

Judge Gearty assigned Ms Kenny on free legal aid.

Mr Colgan, who was wearing dark grey tracksuit bottoms, a black t-shirt and pale grey hoodie, did not address the court during the short hearing except to confirm his name.

The dead man, Mr Sheridan, was well known to gardai and had a series of criminal convictions. He was given a two-year suspended sentence for robbery by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last January.

His brother Gerry (52) said earlier this week that David had a "very sad life".

Anita Judge, the mother of David's teenage son, said: "David was a very good man with a very big heart."

Speaking at her home in Finglas East, she said she had a six-year relationship with him with many happy memories.

"He was a good dad to his son", she said.

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