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Homeless man (22) is charged in death probe

A homeless man has been charged in connection with the death of a young man in Greystones, Co Wicklow, on Friday night.

Thomas O'Connor (22), originally from Greystones, but now of no fixed abode, appeared before Judge William Hamill at a special sitting of Bray District Court yesterday.

He was charged with recklessly or intentionally causing serious harm to John O'Brien at Farrenkelly Road on Friday, June 4, under Section 4 of the Non Fatal Offences against the Persons Act.

Detective Sergeant Eamonn O'Neill, of Bray Garda Station, gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution.


He said he arrested O'Connor at 11.16pm on Sunday and he was charged on the direction of the DPP, he said.

Det Sgt O'Neill said when the charge was read to O'Connor and after he was cautioned, he replied: "I didn't mean to kill him."

The detective sergeant said gardai were objecting to bail because of the seriousness of the charge involved and the prospect that further and more serious charges would follow.

He said that he considered O'Connor to be a "flight risk" as he was currently of no fixed abode.

O'Connor, dressed in grey sweatpants and a grey striped hoodie, remained silent during the brief hearing other than to confirm that he required legal aid.

A solicitor for O'Connor, who applied for legal aid, said there was no application for bail.

He was remanded in custody to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on Monday at 10.30am.

Gardai discovered Mr O'Brien's body on a footpath in Greystones shortly after midnight on Friday.

A post-mortem examination revealed that he died as a result of a violent assault.

Mr O'Brien was pronounced dead by a doctor a short time after Gardai arrived at the scene.