Tuesday 25 October 2016

Charged pair refused bail over man found 'with 23 stab wounds'


Dylan Hayes
Dylan Hayes

Two men charged in connection with the death of Shane Murphy have been refused bail at Limerick District Court.

Gardai told the court Mr Murphy was stabbed "23 times" in a "frenzied attack" on April 30, at his girlfriend's house at The Grove, in the village of Pallasgreen, Co Limerick.

Ger Hogan (32) of Raheen Square, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, and Dylan Hayes (20), of The Crescent, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, Limerick, are both charged with assault causing serious harm to Mr Murphy on April 30.

The two men were also charged with producing a knife during the course of assaulting Mr Murphy on the same night.

During bail applications for of the two accused, the court heard Mr Murphy was the victim of an alleged "sustained and frenzied attack".

Garda Noel Nash, Mayorstone Garda Station, said it will be alleged that the two men were armed with a knife and a screwdriver when they attacked Mr Murphy.

Gardai said Mr Hogan and Mr Hayes were found in an upstairs bedroom of the house following Mr Murphy's death, and that Mr Hayes was found by Gardai smoking heroin.

Two implements recovered by Gardai at the house have been sent for analysis to the Garda Forensic Science Laboratory. Detective Garda Michael Reidy, Bruff Garda Staton, told the court: "The post mortem findings, carried out by the State Pathologist Marie Cassidy, were that there were 23 stab wounds on the body of the victim."

Gardai told the court they anticipated "further serious charges would be preferred" against the two accused men.

Gardai objected to bail under Section 2 of the Bail Act under the O'Callaghan Rules, on the grounds of the seriousness of the charges, and the strength of the alleged evidence.

Gardai also alleged both men would intimidate or interfere with witnesses and commit further serous charges if granted bail.

Judge Timothy Lucey remanded both men to Limerick Prison to appear in court again on May 19 via video link, for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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