Gardai given three years to hold evidence

DETECTIVES investigating the shooting dead of a man in west Dublin have been given three years to retain forensic evidence gathered in the murder probe.

A court has made an order for the 36-month retention of evidence after hearing of the "complex" investigation that is still taking place into the killing of Dean Johnston in Clondalkin last year.

Mr Johnston (20) was shot dead as he sat in the back of a car outside the home of his best friend in Moorefield Avenue in Neilstown, west Dublin, on May 25 last year.

Judge Patrick Clyne made the order at the Dublin District Court extending the time gardai are entitled to retain the evidence.