Case of Limerick murder accused sent for trial

THE case of a Limerick man who is accused of murdering another man during a frenzied attack last year has been sent forward for trial at the Central Criminal Court.

THE case of a Limerick man who is accused of murdering another man during a frenzied attack last year has been sent forward for trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Gerard Manning, 33, of Upper Gerald Griffin Street, is accused of killing Martin Purcell at an apartment in the city centre last September.

The body of the 54 year-old old was found at the Apartment where he lived at Wickham Street on September 30, last.

He died after being stabbed a number of times.

At Limerick District Court, Det Garda Vincent Brick, Henry Street, said he had served a copy of the book of evidence on the accused man.

Sgt Michelle Leahy said the Director of Public Prosecutions consented to the case being sent forward for trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Judge Eamon O’Brien issued Manning with an alibi warning and he remanded him in continuing custody pending his next court appearance.

The judge also granted an application, made by solicitor Julianne Kiely, to grant legal aid to cover a barrister and senior counsel in the case

It is unlikely that Manning’s trial will be heard before the end of the year.

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