Murder accused told gardai: I'm not guilty
A MAN charged with the murder of a shopkeeper told gardai: "I'm not guilty", a court heard yesterday
The 19-year-old appeared at Arklow District Court charged with the murder of shopkeeper John Deasy on November 25, 2009 in the Co Wicklow town.
Dressed in a grey and white zip up tracksuit top and dark coloured trousers, Anthony Farrell of Marian Villas, Arklow, spoke only to confirm that he was no longer working and wished to apply for free legal aid.
Sgt Fergal McHugh told the court that the arrest was made the night before at the defendant's home and that he had been brought to Arklow garda station where he was charged with the murder of Mr Deasy at Brauder's shop on Coolgreaney Road, Arklow.
The court was told that In reply to the charge, Mr Farrell said: "I'm not guilty. That's all I'm saying."
Det Inspector Mary Aldridge applied to have the defendant remanded in custody at St Patrick's Institution. The application was granted by Judge Murrough Connellan as he adjourned the matter to Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday, February 3.
Solicitor Tom Honan said his client was on High Court bail in relation to other charges. Judge Connellan replied that this would be dealt with when it come before that court.