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Friday 24 January 2020

Two accused of killing Whelan

The blazing car in which Wayne Whelan was found dead in Lucan last month
The blazing car in which Wayne Whelan was found dead in Lucan last month

Two men have been remanded in custody charged with the murder of Wayne Whelan.

The 42-year-old was shot in the head before the Toyota car he was in was set alight in the Mount Andrew Rise area of Lucan last month.

Whelan, who was found in the passenger seat, was identified using DNA analysis.

Anthony Casserly (23) and Christopher Moran (50), both of Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday charged in connection with Whelan's murder.

Both men were arrested last Thursday and questioned by gardai.

They were detained at separate garda stations.

After days of questioning, both men were subsequently charged.

Det Sgt Sean Cosgrove, of Ronanstown Garda Station, said Mr Casserly made no reply to the charge when it was put to him.

Victim Wayne Whelan
Victim Wayne Whelan

Sgt Ronan Dunne, of Lucan Garda Station, told the court that Mr Moran replied "No comment" when the charge was put to him.

Both were remanded in custody and are due to app- ear at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

Released

Judge David McHugh granted legal aid to both men.

A woman who was previously arrested in connection with the investigation into Whelan's death has since been released without charge.

A file in relation to her is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Investigators had to take DNA samples to positively identify Whelan after the car he was in was destroyed in the blaze.

His body was removed to the state morgue in Whitehall, where State Pathologist Dr Heidi Okker conducted a post-mortem. It confirmed he died from a number of gunshot wounds before the car was set on fire.

In a statement, gardai said: "The two men arrested in relation to the fatal shooting of a male that occurred in Lucan on Monday, November 18, have been charged in relation to this incident.

Christopher Moran. Photo: Collins Agency
Christopher Moran. Photo: Collins Agency

"The female arrested was released without charge on Friday, December 13. A file will be prepared for the DPP."

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