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Sunday 25 August 2019

Man in court charged with the murder of boxer in hit and run

Boxer Kevin Sheehy was killed in a hit-and-run
Boxer Kevin Sheehy was killed in a hit-and-run

A man with an address in England has appeared in court charged with murdering Irish boxing champion Kevin Sheehy in a hit-and-run last Monday.

Five-times Irish champion Mr Sheehy died after being struck by a vehicle on Hyde Road, Limerick.

Logan Jackson (29), of Longford Road, Longford, Coventry, England, appeared before Limerick District Court charged with the boxer's murder.

Mr Jackson did not say any-thing when gardai charged him, the court heard.

Det Gda Pat Whelan, of Roxboro Road Garda Station, told the court he arrested Mr Jackson at the station at 8.21pm on Tuesday.

Det Gda Whelan said he formally charged him at 8.36pm and that the accused "made no reply" after he was cautioned.

Con Barry, solicitor for the accused, said he had "no questions" for the court about his client's arrest, charge and caution. The court granted an application by Mr Barry for free legal aid.

Mr Jackson wore grey trousers and a black hoodie in court and did not speak during the hearing, which lasted less than 90 seconds.

Outburst

There were up to 30 plainclothes and uniformed garda officers inside court six, where the hearing took place.

The courtroom contained members of the public, as well as members of Mr Sheehy's family, including his father, Kevin Sheehy Snr.

Some people who were sitting in the public gallery wept as the hearing took place. There was a brief outburst at the end of the hearing when some women jeered at the accused.

There was a heavy garda presence around him for the duration of the hearing yesterday.

Chief Supt Gerry Roche, of Henry Street Garda Station, and Supt Brian Sugrue, of Roxboro Road, who are jointly leading the murder investigation, were also in attendance.

Judge Marian O'Leary remanded Mr Jackson in custody to Limerick Prison, which is located a few metres from the courthouse.

A large group of people who had attended the hearing then left the courtroom and congregated outside the entrance of the prison.

Mr Sheehy was a member of St Francis Boxing Club in Limerick and considered by his coaches to be a future Olympian. He was also due to become a father for the first time later this month.

Mr Jackson is scheduled to appear before Limerick District Court again next Tuesday.

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