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Murder suspect 'found victim in bed with wife'

A 30-year-old man appeared at a special sitting of Drogheda district court yesterday to face a charge of murder.

Shahzad Hussain, with an address at Fitzwilliam Court, is accused of the murder of Muhammad Arif at that address between January 6 and January 7 this year.

Judge Flann Brennan was told Mr Hussain was formally charged at Drogheda garda station yesterday by Detective Garda Seamus Nolan.

In reply to the charge he said: "I'm sorry, I don't want to kill him."

He said, it was because of "the situation I saw in the bed, my wife with another man, it was shameful".

He said the reason he got so mad was that the other man (deceased) said: "This is not Pakistan, it is Ireland, you can do what you want here." He repeated he did not want to kill him and "I'm so sorry".

Garda Superintendent Gerry Smith, of Drogheda, asked for him to be remanded to appear again at Cloverhill district court next Wednesday January 12. Defence solicitor Paddy Goodwin said there was no objection to the application.

Judge Brennan granted legal aid and remanded him in custody to appear next Wednesday.

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