Limerick murder accused set to face trial

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The scene of the murder of Shane Murphy, 26, at a house in The Grove, Pallasgreen on April 30
TWO Limerick city men who are accused of murdering another man at a house in Pallasgreen are to stand trial at the Central Criminal Court.

TWO Limerick city men who are accused of murdering another man at a house in Pallasgreen are to stand trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Gerard Hogan aged 32 of Raheen Square, Ballinacurra Weston and Dylan Hayes aged 21, who has an address at The Crescent, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle are each accused of murdering Shane Murphy, 26, at a house in The Grove, on April 30 last.

Mr Murphy, who was from Lee Estate, died after he was stabbed up to 20 times while attending a house party.

Previously, Limerick District Court was told he died following a “sustained and frenzied attack”.

Both men were arrested a short time after the fatal stabbing and both appeared in court two days later - having been initially charged with assault.

They were charged with murder in July after directions were received from the DPP.

This Wednesday, Detective Garda Mike Reidy, said the book of evidence, which comes to two volumes, had been completed and served on each of the defendants.

State Solicitor Aidan Judge said the DPP consented to the matter being sent forward for trial at the Central Criminal Court and he asked that both men be remanded in continuing custody to appear before the present sittings of the court.

Judge Marian O’Leary noted the DPP’s views and after issuing each of the accused with the Alibi Warning, she formally sent the matter forward for trial.

Solicitor Ted McCarthy was assigned to represent Dylan Hayes while Solicitor John Devane was assigned to represent Gerard Hogan.