Friday 15 December 2017

Student charged with fatal stabbing of archaeologist denied bail

Kevin Moran: arrives at court
Kevin Moran: arrives at court
Archaeologist Emmet Connolly, who was stabbed to death

Tom Sweeney

A 28-YEAR-OLD student made no reply when he was charged with the murder of archaeologist Emmet Connolly, who died following a fatal stabbing at the weekend.

Mr Connolly (32), from Rockcorry, Co Monaghan, recently returned to Ireland after 18 months in Australia and had been socialising in Cootehill, Co Cavan, on Saturday when he went to a house at Lodge View estate.

His body was found at the house in the early hours of Sunday.

Yesterday, father-of-three Kevin Moran, who is originally from Dublin but has an address at Lodge View, Cootehill, was charged with Mr Connolly's murder.


Det Insp Fergus Treanor told Judge Patricia McNamara at Dublin District Court that at 11.40pm on Sunday in Bailieborough, Co Cavan, he charged the 28-year-old who "made no reply".

Mr Moran, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, remained silent during the brief hearing.

Legal aid was granted after his solicitor, Martin Cosgrove, told the judge he was a single parent who earns €290 a week, having recently started on a Fetac sports course.

Judge McNamara said that due to the nature of the charge, bail could not be granted in the District Court.

She remanded Mr Moran, who was wearing a blue T-shirt, navy tracksuit bottoms and brown shoes, in custody pending his next hearing, which will take place at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

Irish Independent

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