Limerick gardai granted more time to investigate double murder

GARDAI have been granted additional time to complete their investigations of double murder in Southill earlier this year.

GARDAI have been granted additional time to complete their investigations of double murder in Southill earlier this year.

Breda Waters, 28, and Des Kelly, 24, were shot at a terraced house at Castle Oaks View, O’Malley Park in the early hours of January 9 last.

Gardai investigating the brutal killings believe Mr Kelly, who lived at the house, was the intended target of the gunmen and that Ms Waters, who was from the St Mary’s Park area of the city was an innocent victim.

Several people were arrested in the days after the killings and two men are currently before the courts charged in connection with the two deaths

Thomas Stewart, 27, of The Cedars, Briarfield, Castletroy and Patrick O’Brien, 31, of Glanntan, Golf Links Road, Castletroy are each accused of murdering Ms Waters and Mr Kelly.

At Limerick District Court, Insp Derek Smart, Roxboro, said the file in relation to the investigation was not yet ready and he requested an adjournment of the case to allow for its completion.

Objecting to the garda application, solicitor Darach McCarthy, representing each of the defendants, commented that his clients have been in custody for over two months.

Noting this, Judge Tom O’Donnell urged the prosecution to complete the file as soon as possible. He adjourned the case for a fortnight and he remanded each of the defendants in continuing custody.

They are due to appear before the court again via video link from Limerick Prison on March 30 next.