Saturday 24 February 2018

Man appears in court charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of young dad

The scene at Deerpark, inset victim Graham McKeever
The scene at Deerpark, inset victim Graham McKeever

Eimear Cotter

A 39-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a father-of-one.

Keith Connerton was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

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

The accused, with an address at Deerpark Avenue in Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with the murder of Graham McKeever (32).

Mr McKeever, who was originally from Clondalkin, was discovered unconscious and with several stab wounds to his body outside an apartment block at Deerpark Avenue in Tallaght in the early hours of the morning of February 18 last.

Garda Kieran Kilcoyne said the accused was arrested at his home at 7.37am this morning and taken to Tallaght Garda Station where he was charged with murder at 8.15am.

Gda Kilcoyne said the accused was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and made no reply to the charge after caution.

Defence lawyer George Burns applied for free legal aid, saying Mr Connerton is unemployed and on Jobseeker's Allowance.

Judge Bernadette Owens granted legal aid to defence solicitor Michael Staines.

The accused, who was dressed all in black, kept his head bowed and his arms crossed during the short hearing and did not address the court.

Judge Owens remanded Mr Connerton in custody to appear via videolink at Cloverhill on Friday.

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