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Friday 27 April 2018

Man with 60 'previous' to be charged with dad's murder

Tributes to Dermot Byrne, who died on Sunday morning
Tributes to Dermot Byrne, who died on Sunday morning

The chief suspect in the violent death of a Dublin dad has been re-arrested and is expected to be charged this morning.

Dermot Byrne (56) was kicked to death in an unprovoked attack in North Street, Swords, early on Sunday.

The Herald has learnt that the chief suspect - a 29-year-old man originally from south Dublin - was detained by gardai late yesterday afternoon.

He was being questioned last night and is expected to be charged at Dublin District Court today.

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The suspect - who has more than 60 previous convictions - was arrested earlier this week but released without charge.

However, the DPP has since directed the serial criminal be charged in relation to the attack.

He is well-known to gardai and has convictions for assault, burglary, threatening to kill, public order and motor offences.

As part of the probe, gardai seized some of his clothing.

Finglas man Mr Byrne, who had been living in Swords, was stripped naked in the unprovoked attack.

He was well known and respected by Swords residents.

In a heartfelt message on social media posted this week, his daughter described her "devastation" at the death of her father.

"I can't even begin to describe the pain and devastation that has hit our family," wrote Shawna Byrne. "Please, if anyone has any information, please contact the guards."

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