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Tuesday 13 November 2018

'Absolutely not guilty', says man charged with gun murder of Ryan

Jeffrey Morrow (36) has been charged with the murder of Vincent Ryan
Jeffrey Morrow (36) has been charged with the murder of Vincent Ryan

A 36-year-old man told gardai he was "absolutely not guilty" when he was charged yesterday with the murder of Vincent Ryan during a shooting in Dublin in 2016.

Jeffrey Morrow, from Burnell Court, Malahide Road, Dublin 17, was arrested yesterday afternoon at Dublin Airport after he was extradited from the UK.

He was taken to a garda station where he was charged with the murder of Vincent Ryan at McKee Road, Finglas, Dublin on February 29, 2016.

Mr Ryan (25), whose brother Alan Ryan was also murdered, was gunned down while sitting in his car.

Murder

Mr Morrow is the second person to be charged over the fatal shooting.

On March 12, Paul O'Beirne (35), of Colepark Drive, Ballyfermot, Dublin, was also charged with his murder and was remanded in custody.

Dressed in a grey tracksuit and black runners, Mr Morrow was taken to appear before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court yesterday afternoon.

Detective Sergeant Alan Brady told the court he arrested the 36-year-old at the airport at 12.18pm on foot of an arrest warrant. When he was charged at Finglas Garda Station, Mr Morrow replied "absolutely not guilty", said Det-Sgt Brady.

Judge Walsh said due to the nature of the charge there was no application for bail.

He remanded Mr Morrow, who did not address the court, in custody.

Vincent Ryan
Vincent Ryan

He will face his next hearing on March 27 at Cloverhill District Court.

Bail in murder cases can only be granted in the High Court.

Defence solicitor Stephanie O'Meara made an application for legal aid and told the court her client was "not working and not in receipt of income having come in on foot of a European Arrest Warrant".

Noting there was no garda objection, Judge Walsh granted legal aid.

At co-accused Mr O'Beirne's hearing on March 12, evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Det Sergeant Gavin Ross of Finglas station who told the court that the accused was arrested earlier that day at his home address at 2.36pm on foot of a warrant issued by the district court.

Det-Sgt Ross had said Mr O'Beirne was taken to Ballyfermot Garda Station where he was charged.

The court heard he was handed a copy of the charge and in reply after caution said: "Nothing to do with me at all."

Det-Sgt Ross confirmed the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that Mr O'Beirne was to face trial on indictment in the Central Criminal Court.

Handgun

Mr Ryan, a younger brother of murdered Real IRA chief Alan Ryan, was shot dead in broad daylight as he sat in his car outside his girlfriend's home.

In October 2013, he and his pal Darragh Evans (27) were cleared by the Special Criminal Court of charges of possession of an assault rifle and a handgun at Clonshaugh Walk, Coolock, on September 15, 2011 - the same day on which notorious drugs trafficker Michael 'Micka' Kelly was shot dead.

It emerged at Mr Ryan's funeral that the last conversation he had with his partner, Kelly Smyth, was about getting married.

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