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Thursday 20 September 2018

Man (29) charged with murder of father-of-3 found naked on steps

Anthony Walsh has been charged with the murder of Dermot Byrne
Anthony Walsh has been charged with the murder of Dermot Byrne

A Dublin man has been charged with murder following the death of a father-of-three who was found stripped naked and dying on the side of a street after being viciously beaten.

Anthony Walsh (29) appeared before Dublin District Court yesterday morning accused of killing businessman Dermot Byrne (54), who died of his injuries in Swords last Sunday.

A passer-by discovered Mr Byrne on the steps of a school and raised the alarm, but he died despite efforts by paramedics to save him.

Judge Fiona Lydon remanded Mr Walsh in custody for a week after hearing that he made no reply to the charge after caution.

Caution

Mr Walsh, of no fixed address, is charged with murdering Mr Byrne at North Street, Swords, on July 16.

Gda Killian Leydon, of Coolock Garda Station, told the court he arrested Mr Walsh at 4.45pm on July 20 on the grounds of St James's Hospital in Dublin.

Mr Walsh was taken to Swords Garda Station and charged in the officer's presence at 5.43pm on Thursday.

Gda Leydon said the accused made no reply after caution. He was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

The officer applied for two amendments to be made to the charge - one to state that the accused was of no fixed abode and the second to correct his date of birth.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said he was on notice of these amendments and was not objecting.

Mr Dunphy also asked the judge to direct "medical attention" for the accused while he was in custody.

Bail was not sought, as a bail application can only be made in the High Court on a murder charge.

Judge Lydon granted free legal aid to the accused after Mr Dunphy handed a statement of his financial means in to court.

Mr Dunphy said Mr Walsh was not working and was in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance.

Judge Lydon remanded Mr Walsh in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on July 28.

The defendant, wearing a black tracksuit with white stripes and black-and-white runners, remained silent during the brief hearing.

Members of Mr Byrne's family became distressed and wept as they sat in the public gallery.

Mr Byrne was found naked and with serious injuries by a passer-by on the steps of Fingal Community College on North Street, Swords, at around 3am last Sunday.

A Dublin Fire Brigade tender and HSE ambulance from Swords were dispatched to the scene, and teams of paramedics battled to save Mr Byrne's life.

He had a faint pulse when the emergency crews arrived, but died in the ambulance while being treated.

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