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Tuesday 12 December 2017

'Duck Egg' murder accused 'fully contesting charge', court told

Defendant Jason Keating
Defendant Jason Keating

A 25-year-old man accused of the murder of Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan in Dublin "is fully contesting the charge", a court was told yesterday.

Jason Keating, of Lower Main Street, Rush, has been resent forward for trial to the Special Criminal Court and is charged with the murder of Christopher Kirwan, AKA Noel Kirwan.

The 62-year-old, a friend of Gerard 'The Monk' Hutch, was sitting in a car outside his house in St Ronan's Drive, Clondalkin, last December when he was shot several times.

He was the 10th person to die in the Hutch-Kinahan feud which has claimed 12 lives.

His partner was in the passenger seat but was not injured in the shooting.

Earlier this month Mr Keating was sent forward for trial to the Special Criminal Court.

However, the charge was struck out on September 14 and he was told he was "free to go" after issues were raised around the initial paperwork.

Immediately afterwards Mr Keating was re-arrested, charged again with the murder and remanded in custody following another court hearing.

Trial

He appeared again at Cloverhill District Court yesterday when he was served with a book of evidence by Detective Sergeant Damian Gannon.

Judge Victor Blake was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had directed that Mr Keating be sent forward for trial to the non-jury Special Criminal Court .

A State solicitor said the DPP's view in this case was that "the ordinary courts are not effective for the administration of justice".

Judge Blake told Mr Keating that if he intended to use an alibi in his defence he must inform the prosecution within 14 days.

Dressed in tracksuit bottoms, runners and a green T-shirt, he replied "yes" when asked if he understood.

The judge acceded to a request from defence solicitor Robert Purcell to grant legal aid.

Mr Purcell told Judge Blake that because some time had been lost the trial date was possibly further away than it should be.

"Mr Keating is fully contesting the charge and is anxious for it to proceed," he added.

Mr Keating was further remanded in custody and was told by the judge that a date for his next hearing would be allocated in due course.

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