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Friday 19 July 2019

Man in court charged with murder of dad shot pushing his baby

Wayne Cooney (pictured) is accused of murdering Jordan Davis
Wayne Cooney (pictured) is accused of murdering Jordan Davis

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a young father shot dead while pushing his infant in a buggy in north Dublin.

Father-of-one Jordan Davis (22), from Darndale, was blasted by a person on a bicycle while out with his four-month-old son.

The shooting happened beside Our Lady Immaculate National School in Darndale, just before 4pm on May 22.

Last week, gardai arrested Wayne Cooney (28), of Glenshane Drive, Tallaght, and he was detained at Coolock Garda Station.

He was brought before Judge Carol Anne Coolican at Dublin District Court yesterday, charged with the murder of Mr Davis.

Silent

Dressed in a blue T-shirt, runners and black tracksuit bottoms, he sat down and remained silent throughout the brief hearing.

He has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Det Gda Neil Plunkett of Coolock Garda Station.

He told the court Mr Cooney was charged on Saturday at 5.14pm, after which he had "no reply".

The district court cannot conduct a bail hearing in murder cases.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy told the judge that "a High Court bail application will be made in this case".

Judge Coolican granted legal aid to Mr Cooney after a statement of means was handed in to court. She remanded him in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Friday morning.

Mr Davis' funeral mass took place at the Church of Our Lady Immaculate in Darndale last month.

He was brought to Fingal cemetery by horse-drawn hearse and buried with his sister Jade, who died as a baby.

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