Wednesday 22 January 2020

Man charged with murder of father-of-three remanded in custody

The late Dermot Byrne
The late Dermot Byrne
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

THE case against a man charged with the murder of father-of-three Dermot Byrne has been further adjourned for prosecutors to prepare a book of evidence.

Anthony Walsh (29) was remanded in custody again when he appeared in Cloverhill District Court this morning via video link.

He is charged with murdering Mr Byrne (54), a businessman who was found beaten and dying by the side of a street in Swords.

Judge Kathryn Hutton remanded the accused in custody to appear in court again on September 20.

Anthony Walsh. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Anthony Walsh. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

It was Mr Walsh's third court appearance since he was arrested and charged with killing Mr Byrne last month.

The accused, of no fixed address but from Gelncullen in south Dublin is charged with murdering Mr Byrne at North Street, Swords on July 16 last.

On his first court appearance on July 21, Garda Killian Leydon said Mr Walsh was arrested at 4.45pm the previous day outside St James’s Hospital in the south inner city.

He was brought to Swords Garda station and made no reply to the charge after caution.

Legal aid was granted at that initial hearing after defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy told the court that Mr Walsh was not working and had been in receipt of the Jobseeker’s Allowance.

Bail cannot be granted in the district court in murder cases and can only be considered by the High Court.

Mr Byrne was found naked and with serious injuries by a passer-by at the steps of Fingal Community College on North Street, Swords at around 3am.

A Dublin Fire Brigade tender and HSE ambulance from Swords were dispatched to the scene, and teams of paramedics battled to save Mr Byrne's life.

He had a faint pulse when the emergency crews arrived, but died in the ambulance while being treated. Mr Byrne was director of a wholesale bicycle company and a married father-of-three. He was living in Swords and originally from Glasnevin Avenue.

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