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Friday 9 December 2016

Student faces trial over stab murder of DJ at city home

Stab victim Leo Carolan
Stab victim Leo Carolan

A 23-year-old student is to stand trial accused of the murder of his friend Leo Carolan, who died following a stabbing at his flat in Dublin.

Gardai launched a murder investigation after the budding 25-year-old DJ from Dun Laoghaire was stabbed to death at his home on the South Circular Road last Tuesday.

A second man, Swiss national Ludovic Thomas, was found injured on the road outside and was rushed to hospital with serious knife wounds.

Student Charles Cleary (23), who is currently of no fixed abode but understood to be from the Rathfarnham area in south Dublin, had been arrested on Saturday and held at Kevin Street Garda Station.

Assault

He was detained there under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act. He was charged with murdering Mr Carolan and with assault causing harm to Mr Thomas before he was brought to appear before Judge John Brennan at Dublin District Court yesterday afternoon.

Dressed in a black hooded Adidas sweater, black tracksuit bottoms and white runners, he sat silently with his hands in his pockets as the evidence of his arrest charge and caution was given.

Det Sergeant Adrian Whitelaw, of Kevin Street Garda Station, told Judge Brennan that the accused was charged with both offences at 11.14am.

"I cautioned him and in reply he had nothing to say," said Det Sergeant Whitelaw before he applied to have the accused remanded in custody.

Judge Brennan noted there was a murder charge and agreed to order the remand in custody.

He also acceded to a request from defence solicitor Tracy Horan to ask the prison authorities to seek a psychiatric assessment of the defendant who did not address the court. He also allowed her application for a second, independent psychiatric assessment of him to be carried out.

The judge remanded Mr Cleary in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Friday. He noted that the 23-year-old was a student and he granted free legal aid.

Due to the murder charge, the District Court cannot grant bail meaning he will have to make an application to the High Court.

He has not yet entered a plea to the charges, and a book of evidence has yet to be prepared.

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