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Two accused of giving false info to gardai in gun murder inquiry

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Mark Casserly outside court after facing
charges of perverting the course of justice.

Mark Casserly outside court after facing charges of perverting the course of justice.

Mark Casserly outside court after facing charges of perverting the course of justice.

A man and woman have been charged with perverting the course of justice by giving false information to gardai investigating a Dublin gun murder.

Lacey O'Connor (28) and Mark Casserly (45) are both alleged to have given false acc-ounts of the movements of a suspect in the killing of Wayne Whelan (42), who was found shot dead in a burning car in the west of the city last year.

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Judge Gerard Jones granted them bail at Dublin District Court and adjourned the cases for books of evidence to be prepared.

Mr Whelan's body was found in a car that had been set alight at Mount Andrew Court, Lucan, last November 18. He had been shot several times.

Ms O'Connor and Mr Casserly, of Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin, are both charged with giving gardai accounts of the movements of Anthony Casserly that they knew to be false.

The charges state that this was with intent to pervert the course of justice in the context of a criminal investigation into the murder of Mr Whelan; Anthony Casserly being a suspect.

Ms O'Connor is facing one count of this offence, last November 19, while Mr Casserly is charged with two counts, on November 5 and 12, all at Rowlagh Park.

Yesterday, Garda Sergeant John Conway said he arrested Ms O'Connor at Ronanstown Garda Station at 9am. She was charged at 9.28am and made no reply after caution.

Sgt Conway had no objection to bail subject to conditions. The DPP had directed trial on indictment, he said.

Detective Garda Marcus Roantree then gave evidence of Mr Casserly's arrest, charge and caution, saying he also made no reply to the charges.

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Lacey O’Connor outside court after facing charges of perverting the course of justice.

Lacey O’Connor outside court after facing charges of perverting the course of justice.

Lacey O’Connor outside court after facing charges of perverting the course of justice.

There was also no objection to bail in his case.

Judge Jones granted bail in the accused's own bonds of €100 each, with no cash lodgements required.

Under conditions, the acc-used must surrender any travel documents and sign on at Ronanstown Garda Station.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said Mr Casserly had no passport, but he undertook not to apply for any travel document or leave the jurisdiction.

Mr Casserly must also provide gardai with a mobile phone number.

The judge adjourned the case to July 23 and also granted free legal aid.

Neither accused was required to speak during the hearing.

Mr Whelan's body was found in a burning Toyota last Nov- ember 18. DNA identified him.

A post-mortem determined he died from gunshot wounds.

Two other men have already been charged over Mr Whelan's death.

Anthony Casserly (23) and Christopher Moran (50), both of Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin, appeared at Blanchardstown District Court last December charged with murder.