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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Teenager accused of Japanese man's murder remanded again

Defendant Mohamed Morei (18) faces trial on indictment
Defendant Mohamed Morei (18) faces trial on indictment

A youth accused of the murder of a Japanese man in a stabbing in Dundalk has been further remanded in custody.

Mohamed Morei (18) has been held since January 4 after being charged with the murder of 24-year-old call centre worker Yosuke Sasaki the previous day at Long Avenue in Dundalk, Co Louth.

He was unable to attend 11 subsequent hearings at Cloverhill District Court.

The defendant had been receiving medical care at the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum in Dublin and was unfit to attend court on those occasions, with doctors' notes being provided.

Last month he appeared in court with an Arabic interpreter and his solicitor, Barry Callan, when five additional charges were put to him.

Assault

He appeared again at Cloverhill District Court yesterday when he was further remanded in custody by Judge Victor Blake to appear again on August 16 pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

In addition to murder, he faces five other charges: assault causing harm to two named men at the Inner Relief Road and on Quay Street, Dundalk, on January 3; criminal damage to a car window at Long Avenue on the same date; trespassing with intent to cause criminal damage at a property there between January 2 and 3, and obstructing gardai at Dundalk station on January 3.

Directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) have been received and Mr Morei is to face trial on indictment in the Central Criminal Court on all charges.

The DPP has also directed that he can be sent forward to that court "for sentence on a signed plea should that arise".

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