Wednesday 17 January 2018

Homeless man charged with fatal stabbing after row

Tom Tuite

A HOMELESS man had "nothing to say" when he was charged with the murder of a man in a stabbing incident.

John Murdoch (23) died after he was injured near a shop in Cushlawn Dale in Tallaght in Dublin in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He had been drinking with friends in a house on Friday night and he went to a shop at Cushlawn Dale in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Outside the shop he became involved in a row and was stabbed with a knife which penetrated his heart. Mr Murdoch was rushed by ambulance to the Adelaide and Meath Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Thomas Kinsella (32) was arrested on Monday night at a hostel on James's Street, in Dublin city centre, where he had been residing.

Det Garda Camon Ryan told Judge Denis McLoughlin at the Dublin District Court yesterday that Mr Kinsella was "arrested for the murder of John Murdoch on August 27, contrary to common law".

"He had nothing to say in reply to the charge," Det Gda Ryan added.

He also asked for the defendant, who was wearing a grey hooded top, white runners and black trousers, to be remanded in custody.

Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan applied for legal aid to be granted and told Judge McLoughlin that his client was "unemployed and homeless".

He said his client was in receipt of €186 from social welfare and a statement of Mr Kinsella's means was handed in to the court.

Judge McLoughlin noted that Det Gda Ryan had no objection and granted legal aid to the defendant, who remained silent and was not required to speak during the brief hearing.

Judge McLoughlin remanded Mr Kinsella in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on September 6.

Irish Independent

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