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Trainee mechanic accused of killing reporter Eugene

A TRAINEE mechanic has appeared in court accused of killing journalist Eugene Moloney, who died following an assault on a Dublin street.

Gary Burch (21) was remanded in custody after he was arrested and charged with Mr Moloney's manslaughter.

The accused made no reply when the charge was put to him, Dublin District Court heard.

Burch, with an address at Kennington Close, Templeogue, is charged with the manslaughter of Mr Moloney (55) at Camden Street on Sunday.

The former Herald reporter was making his way to his home in Portobello in the early hours of Sunday morning when he was fatally injured after suffering a blow to the head.

He received medical attention at the scene and was then rushed to St James's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Burch was one of two men detained and questioned by gardai; the other has been released without charge.

Sgt Sean McAvinchey gave evidence that he arrested the defendant at 12.49pm yesterday at Kevin Street Garda Station for the purpose of charge following receipt of directions of the DPP.

At 1.55pm, the charge was read over to him and he made no reply to it after caution.

Sgt McAvinchey applied for the accused to be remanded in custody. No bail application was made on his behalf.

There was also no legal aid application made for Burch.

The accused, wearing a grey and black-striped hoodie top, with navy-blue tracksuit bottoms and white runners, did not address the court.

He remained seated while evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given, glancing occasionally at the large group of reporters in the public gallery of Courtroom No 4 at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

Burch has not yet indicated any plea to the charge.

He is due to appear before the same court again next Monday.

Mr Moloney, who was originally from Donegal, had previously worked with the Irish News in Belfast in the 1970s. He later relocated to Dublin, where he worked for Independent newspapers for more than 20 years.

In 1987, he began reporting for the Herald, before moving to the Irish Independent. He reported extensively from the North during the Troubles.

A file is being sent to the DPP in relation to the second man, who was released from garda custody on Monday night.