Sunday 25 March 2018

Two young women to go on trial for murder of man shot dead in front of girlfriend

Gardai at the scene of the fatal shooting in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Gardai at the scene of the fatal shooting in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Andrew Phelan

TWO young women have been sent for trial charged with the murder of a man who was shot dead in front of his girlfriend at a Dublin flats complex last year.

Laura Dempsey (25) and Yasmin Stephens (21) both had books of evidence served on them at Dublin District Court today.

Judge Michael Walsh returned them for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

Ms Dempsey, of no fixed address and Ms Stephens, of Albert College Avenue, Glasnevin, are both charged with murdering Kieran Farrelly (33), who was fatally shot in the head and body in the north inner city.

The shooting happened at Killarney Court, Killarney Street, near Portland Row on October 26, 2014.

Today, a State Solicitor said books of evidence were ready and they were served on both accused.

Judge Walsh gave the women the formal notice that they must provide to the prosecution within 14 days details of any alibis they intend to rely on in the course of their trial.

Judge Walsh also ordered copies of videos of the accused’s garda interviews to be disclosed by the prosecution.

Ms Stephens’ barrister, John Griffin BL asked Judge Walsh to certify for both junior and senior counsel under legal aid for the Central Criminal Court proceedings.

The judge granted this.

Ms Stephens was remanded in custody, while Ms Dempsey was remanded in custody with consent to bail.

Previously, Detective Garda Kevin Keys said in evidence Ms Dempsey replied to the charge after caution: ‘I didn’t kill Kieran Farrelly’.

Following the shooting last year, the area outside the flats complex was sealed off for a full forensic examination by garda technical experts and the State pathologist attended the scene.

A post-mortem examination found that Mr Farrelly, who was originally from Tallaght, died from gunshot injuries.

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