Friday 27 April 2018

Man charged with murder of Melanie McCarthy-McNamara

Melanie McCarthy McNamara
Melanie McCarthy McNamara

Brian Hutton

ONE of two men arrested over the gun killing of teenage traveller Melanie McCarthy-McNamara has been charged with her murder.

Keith Hall, 23, of Kilmartin Drive, Tallaght, Dublin, is accused of shooting dead the 16-year-old almost a fortnight ago in a drive-by attack.

There were angry scenes as Hall's brief hearing drew to a close.

Inside the court, there were chants from some of Melanie's relatives including the "dirty bastard rat", "may you rot" and "you killed my daughter-in-law" as Hall was led away.

He was also charged with possession of a double barrel, sawn-off shotgun with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Tallaght District Court heard the accused made no reply when charged by Det Garda Michael McGrath at Rathfarham Garda station at 3.06pm today.

The accused appeared in court dressed in grey tracksuit bottoms and dark hooded top.

He was remanded in custody for a week to Cloverhill court.

Melanie was shot dead on February 7 in a housing estate in Tallaght in an indiscriminate drive-by attack as she sat in the back seat of a car with her boyfriend and another man.

It is believed her boyfriend was the intended target.

The young traveller girl was laid to rest after a funeral service in north London last Friday.

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