Tuesday 20 February 2018

Man (32) to face court over death of GAA star James Hughes

Floral tributes are left at the scene of the killing in a quiet Dundalk housing estate
Floral tributes are left at the scene of the killing in a quiet Dundalk housing estate
Victim James Hughes, pictured playing for Crossmaglen Rangers GAA team
Local woman Patricia Byrne, who was injured in the shooting

Tom Brady Security Editor

A MAN is to appear in court today on a charge of murdering GAA star James Hughes at the weekend.

The 32-year-old suspect will be brought before a scheduled sitting of Dundalk District Court this morning and will be charged with the murder of Mr Hughes (35) in the early hours of Sunday at Cluain Ard, Lis na Mara estate in Dundalk, Co Louth.

The man, who is from Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, was in custody last night at Carrickmacross garda station.

He presented himself at the garda station hours after the shooting in which Mr Hughes was killed.

He had been questioned by gardai on Sunday and throughout yesterday after being arrested under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007.

Senior garda officers sought direction on charges from the DPP yesterday evening.

Examination

During their inquiries, gardai took possession of a legally held shotgun and also seized a van for technical examination.

Mr Hughes was killed by a blast from a double barrelled shotgun as he sat in a taxi with a female friend, Patricia Byrne, and the driver, Anthony Callan, outside Ms Byrne's home in the estate. Last night, Ms Byrne and Mr Callan were recovering from wounds they sustained from shotgun pellets in the face, neck and upper body.

The dead man was captain of Crossmaglen Rangers GAA club in south Armagh and won three All-Ireland club medals with the team.

A farmer by profession, Mr Hughes was well-known in both south Armagh and north Louth and had been involved in fundraising earlier in the night to heighten awareness of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS), which claimed the life of his mother, Joan, earlier this year.

Irish Independent

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