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Teenager charged on gun death of man (21)

A teenager has appeared in court charged over the death of a father-of-two in a shooting at a house in west Dublin.

Craig Mullarney (18) was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm following the death of Chris Emmett (21) (pictured) in an incident in Clonsilla on Tuesday. Mullarney, of Sheepmore Avenue, Clonsilla, was freed on bail, which was set at €5,000.

The offence is alleged to have happened at Mr Emmett's family home at Fortlawn Park, also in Clonsilla.

The accused, wearing an open-necked purple shirt and black trousers, did not address Blanchardstown District Court during his bail hearing.

Sgt James Cussen, of Blanchardstown Garda Station, told the court he formally arrested Mullarney yesterday at Finglas station. He made no reply to the charge after caution. Gardai were objecting to bail due to the serious nature of the alleged offence.

The defendant's parents, aunts, uncles, brother and girlfriend were all in court.

His solicitor Terence Hanahoe said it was a serious matter but there was no implication the accused would not turn up in court.

His family had "put their various fortunes together" to come up with €5,000 in cash to post as bail.

Judge David McHugh said he was satisfied it was appropriate for him to grant bail.

The accused must sign on daily between 9am and 9pm at his local garda station. He also has to observe a curfew between 10pm and 8am. Mullarney took up bail and the case was adjourned for a week.

aphelan@herald.ie


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