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Friday 15 December 2017

Man back in court over father-of-three's murder

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The case against a man charged with the murder of father-of-three Dermot Byrne has been further adjourned for prosecutors to prepare a book of evidence.

Anthony Walsh (29) was remanded in custody again when he appeared at Cloverhill District Court yesterday morning via video-link.

Mr Byrne (54) was found beaten and dying by the side of a Swords street in July.

Judge Kathryn Hutton remanded the accused in custody, to appear in court again on September 20.

It was Mr Walsh's third court appearance since he was arrested and charged last month.

Arrested

The accused, of no fixed address but from Glencullen in south Dublin, is charged with murdering Mr Byrne at North Street, Swords, on July 16.

On his first court appearance on July 21, Garda Killian Leydon said Mr Walsh was arrested at 4.45pm the previous day outside St James's Hospital.

He was taken to Swords Garda Station and made no reply to the charge after caution.

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

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

Mr Byrne was director of a wholesale bicycle company and a married father-of-three.

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