Saturday 24 August 2019

Man accused of murdering Anthony Rogers told gardai he 'didn't kill him' after he was charged, court hears

Gardaí at Robinson’s Court, where Mr Rodgers was found in his hallway. Photo: Mark Condren
Gardaí at Robinson’s Court, where Mr Rodgers was found in his hallway. Photo: Mark Condren

Tom Tuite

A 36-YEAR-OLD man accused of murdering Anthony Rogers who died after a stabbing in Dublin last year told gardai he did not kill him after he was charged, a court has heard.

He also claimed the deceased raped him when he was a child.

Alan Harte, with an address at Island Quay Apartments, East Wall, Dublin 3 was remanded in custody last week after he was charged with the murder of Anthony Rogers, (60), at his home at Robinsons Court, Cork Street, Dublin 8 on November 6 last year.

Mr Rogers had been confined to a wheelchair after having had one of his legs amputated.

Mr Harte faced his second hearing on Thursday when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

State solicitor Orla Farrell told the court she was seeking a four-week adjournment for the book of evidence to be completed. She also confirmed that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that Mr Harte, who did not address the court, is to face trial on indictment.

Defence solicitor Kelly Breen said her client consented to the case being adjourned for no more than two weeks. Judge Blake further remanded him in custody to appear again for mention at Cloverhill District Court on December 7 next for the service of a book of evidence.

An incomplete quote of the defendant’s reply to charge and been reported in the media after Mr Harte’s first court hearing last week.

For clarity, Ms Breen asked Garda Sergeant Brona O’Reilly to repeat in full the reply her client made after he was charged on November 16 last.

Garda Sergeant O’Relly told the court Mr Harte’s response was: “Anthony Rogers raped me when I was ten, and others, and I didn’t kill him.”

Judge Blake said that was the same reply noted by his colleague last week.

A recommendation had also been made at his first hearing that he was to get psychiatric treatment in custody. Yesterday, Judge Blake said the psychiatric report was not yet ready because the Central Mental Hospital did not have the time.

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