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Jay Saunders, who was beaten to death in Cabra on the morning of March 18, 2014

Jay Saunders, who was beaten to death in Cabra on the morning of March 18, 2014

Jay Saunders, who was beaten to death in Cabra on the morning of March 18, 2014

A 23-year-old Dublin man has been charged with the manslaughter of Jason 'Jay' Saunders who died following a St Patrick's Day party.

Paul Brannigan of Ratoath Drive, Finglas, appeared at Dublin District Court where he was charged with the unlawful killing of the 21-year-old man who was killed in Cabra, in March.

Mr Brannigan was remanded on continuing bail to appear before the court again on September 25 where a book of evidence in the case will be produced.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Det Sgt Tom Lynch of Cabra Garda Station. The brief hearing took place at the Courts complex at Parkgate Street on Tuesday afternoon.

A previous court hearing heard that Brannigan allegedly asked witnesses to destroy CCTV evidence. The court was told on that occasion he was acting in self defence.

At about 7.30am on March 18, gardai were alerted when Jason Saunders was found on the ground outside a shop at Fassaugh Avenue, in Cabra after leaving a party at a flat nearby.

The young Cabra man, who displayed trauma to his upper body area and had serious head injuries, was rushed to the Mater Hospital but was pronounced dead soon after arrival.

At the earlier hearing, Det Sgt Lynch said Mr Saunders "died as a result of injuries from this assault".

Mr Brannigan was originally charged with assault and producing a golf club as a weapon.

It was alleged that when he was detained, Mr Brannigan admitted assaulting the victim.

Det Sgt Lynch also said the altercation was recorded on CCTV and two local shop workers identified the accused.

The detective added that it would be alleged the accused approached them "in the minutes following the assault and asked them to delete the CCTV from the system".

Det Sgt Lynch agreed with his lawyer that the assault admissions his client made "were in the context of self-defence".

He also agreed that the CCTV evidence had been secured and was in garda custody but he feared the accused would approach the witnesses.

kfoy@herald.ie


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