Limerick murder victim was stabbed 23 times

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Gerard Hogan (left) and Dylan Hayes (right) are accused of assaulting Shane Murphy (pictured below). Both were refused bail this Tuesday [Pictures: Press 22]
A CITY man who was murdered during an incident at a house in County Limerick last week was stabbed 23 times, a court has heard.

A CITY man who was murdered during an incident at a house in County Limerick last week was stabbed 23 times, a court has heard.

Shane Murphy from Lee Estate, who would have turned 31 next week, sustained multiple stab wounds to his body and torso after he was attacked at a house in Pallasgreen.

Gerard Hogan aged 32 of Raheen Square, Ballinacurra Weston and Dylan Hayes aged 20, who has an address at The Crescent, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle are each accused of assaulting Shane Murphy, causing him harm at a house in The Grove, at around 11pm on April 30 last.

Both men, who appeared before a special court sitting at the weekend, are also charged with producing a knife “while committing an assault in the course of a fight” on the same date.

During contested bail applications this afternoon, Judge Timothy Lucey was told the defendants were arrested at the house in Pallasgreen shortly after the stabbing and that it is expected that further, more serious charges will be preferred.

Opposing Mr Hogan’s application, Detective Garda Michael Reidy said a preliminary report from State Pathologist, Prof Marie Cassidy showed Mr Murphy sustained 23 stab wounds - a number of which could have been fatal.

He said according to witnesses the deceased man was subjected to a “sustained and frenzied” attack.

Det Garda Reidy said he feared the defendant would interfere with witnesses, if released, and that he would not abide by any bail conditions imposed by the court.

Objecting to Mr Hayes’ application for bail, Garda Noel Nash alleged he had made “certain admissions” while in custody. He said he was concerned he would not appear in court, if released.

Judge Lucey was told a full technical examination of the scene was conducted following the stabbing and that the results of forensic tests on a number of items are awaited.

In each case, the judge refused bail and he adjourned the matter until May 19, next for DPP’s directions.