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Killer accused refused release

A MAN considered by the DPP to be "a serious threat" to the public has been prevented from being released after three days of legal proceedings in as many courts.

The 31-year-old is charged with killing a person in 2010, but was referred to the Central Mental Hospital earlier this year after being found "unfit" to stand trial.

However the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, brought a High Court challenge to his detention over the weekend, and on Sunday night Mr Justice Gerard Hogan ordered his release because he was "in unlawful custody".

However after a DPP challenge it was ruled that the man be further detained.