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Man charged with capital murder of Detective McCabe

A MAN was charged at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday with the capital murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe during an abortive IRA robbery in June, 1996.

Kevin Walsh, a 42-year-old married man and father of two, from Lisheen Park, Patrickswell, Co Limerick, was arrested near Mullagh, in Co Cavan, on Tuesday.

Yesterday Walsh faced eight charges when he appeared amid tight security at the court.

He was charged with the capital murder of Detective Garda McCabe at Adare, Co Limerick, on June 7, 1996, which carries on conviction a mandatory sentence of 40 years imprisonment without remission. Walsh was also charged with the attempted murder of Detective Garda Ben O'Sullivan at Adare, possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life at Adare and membership of the IRA on June 7, 1996.

He was also charged with possession of two rifles, a handgun, a shotgun and shotgun cartridges at Clonolea, Toomevara, Co Tipperary on June 7, 1996.

Another charge alleges that Walsh conspired between June 5 and 8, 1996 with Pearse Mc Cauley, Jeremiah Sheehy, Michael O'Neill and another man to commit a robbery in Adare. Walsh is the fourth man to be charged with Detective Garda Cabe's murder.

Three men, including Brixton jailbreaker Pearse McCauley, from Strabane, Co Tyrone, have already been charged with the garda'smurder.

Det Sgt Dan Haugh gave evidence of arresting Walsh at Mullagh.

The court remanded Walsh in custody until April 28.

* Five people detained in Limerick in connection with the murder of Garda McCabe were released yesterday without charge. A file is being prepared for the DPP.

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