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Monday 18 December 2017

Melanie's family scream abuse at accused in court

THE family of murdered teenager Melanie McCarthy McNamara shouted abuse at the man who appeared in court charged with blasting her to death.

Keith Hall (23) is charged with shooting 16-year-old Melanie in the head with a sawn-off shotgun two weeks ago.

The teenager was shot as she sat in the back of a car at Brookview Way, in Tallaght, on February 8.

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She died a short time later in hospital. Gardai believe she was not the intended target of the attack.

Hall, of Kilmartin Drive in Tallaght, appeared before Tallaght District Court yesterday evening charged with Melanie's murder. He is also charged with possession of a double-barrelled sawn-off shotgun.

He was remanded in custody for one week.

Hall was one of two people arrested in connection with the teenager's murder five days ago.

The second person, a 17 year old, also appeared before Tallaght Court on outstanding warrants for unrelated drugs and firearms offences. He was remanded in custody for one week.

Detective Garda Michael McGrath told Tallaght Court that Hall was arrested at 3.06pm at Rathfarnham Garda Station.

He was charged with the two offences by Garda Sergeant Brian Cagney and he made no reply to the charges after caution. Hall appeared in court dressed in grey tracksuit bottoms and a dark hooded top.

He kept his head bowed as Garda McGrath outlined the charges to the court.

Judge McDonnell remanded Hall in custody for a week to appear before Cloverhill court next Tuesday.

The court heard that Hall is unemployed and he only addressed the court to confirm that he wanted Michael Staines to act as his solicitor. Hall was assigned free legal aid.

There were angry scenes as Hall's brief hearing drew to a close.

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