Tuesday 25 June 2019

Court hears true identity of 'Morei' not determined

The identity of murder accused Mohamed Morei not yet determined
The identity of murder accused Mohamed Morei not yet determined

Olivia Ryan

Gardai have yet to confirm the true identity of a youth charged with the murder of a Japanese man in a stabbing in Dundalk in January.

The accused, who has been named as Mohamed Morei and believed to be aged 18, was remanded in custody on January 4 after being charged with the murder of 24-year-old Yosuke Sasaki on the Avenue Road.

He was unable to attend the six subsequent hearings and was deemed not fit to appear at his eighth scheduled hearing at Cloverhill District Court on Thursday last.

The defendant, whose nationality the court heard has not yet been confirmed, has been receiving ongoing medical care in the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) in Dundrum where he could remain for several months. Judge Victor Blake was told by the Prison Service that youth was still unwell and unable to attend court.

At an earlier stage, Judge Blake had asked for an update on the progress of the case and the court Garda Sergeant Stephen Nalty told him today that there were approximately 400 statements 'a significant number of reports.'

It was expected that the case file would be completed within a week and submitted to the State solicitor's office.

'Enquiries are on-going to establish the defendant's proper identity but significant progress has been made in the file,' the court was told. Judge Blake also heard that some forensic and toxicology reports were still awaited.

Judge Blake agreed to the prosecution's request to remand the accused in continuing custody in his absence for two weeks for formal directions from the DPP to be obtained.

The Argus