Teen sent for trial accused of stabbing electrician to death

Andrew Phelan

A TEENAGER charged with murdering a Dublin electrician in 2011 has been sent for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

Craig O'Halloran (19) had a book of evidence served on him when he appeared in Dublin District Court.

He is charged with murdering Kevin Kenny (32), who was fatally stabbed outside a house on Sarsfield Road, Ballyfermot on July 31, 2011, after Mr Kenny had gone on a night out with friends.

Judge Victor Blake was told a book of evidence was ready and it was served on the accused.

Bail had been granted to the defendant in the High Court, but conditions had been changed after he moved address outside the Dublin area. The court heard he must now sign on at a different garda station.

Judge Blake gave the accused the formal warning that he had 14 days to provide the prosecution details of any alibi he intends to rely on.

He then sent him for trial to the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court.

In the stabbing, Mr Kenny received wounds to his upper body, but managed to stagger to a local pub, where the alarm was raised.

He was then rushed to St James's Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Following his death, eight people – four males and four females – were held for questioning by gardai.

Detective Sergeant Denis Smith previously told Judge Blake that he arrested O'Halloran at his home. After being charged at Ballyfermot garda station, the accused replied "no comment".

aphelan@herald.ie