Sunday 22 April 2018

Face of GAA star killing accused

Shane Rogers at a fancy dress cycle ride in Inniskeen, Co
Monaghan, in 2009
Shane Rogers at a fancy dress cycle ride in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, in 2009

THIS is the first photograph to emerge of the man charged with the murder of a GAA star.

Shane Rogers (32), of Deery Terrace, Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, is pictured at a fancy dress cycle ride in his hometown during the summer of 2009.

This week Mr Rogers appeared in Dundalk District Court facing a murder charge, after he voluntarily handed himself into gardai.

James Hughes (35), was gunned down in the early hours of Sunday morning as he sat in a taxi with friend Patricia Byrne (21), outside the latter's house at Cluain Ard, Lis na Dara estate on the outskirts of Dundalk, Co Louth.

Ms Byrne, a nurse who works at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, was injured in the shooting along with taxi driver Anthony Callan.

She was hospitalised for her injuries but has since been released.

At the brief hearing on Tuesday, Rogers was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next week.

The court heard that Rogers was remorseful for what happened, and was now a suicide risk.

Garda Sergeant Kieran Moore said Mr Rogers was remorseful from the first moment he met him.

Mr Rogers said he could not live with himself for what he did and he apologised to Mr Hughes's family and to Ms Byrne.

Judge Flan Brennan directed that he receive medical and psychiatric attention while in custody.

Irish Independent

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