A teenager was charged with murder today in relation to the fatal stabbing of a man in Blarney, Co Cork more than two months ago.
The 17-year-old was charged with serious assault within days of the incident.
Inspector Senan Ryan said today that this charge of assault causing serious harm was being withdrawn by the prosecution on the directions of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Detective Garda Maurice Leahy charged the teenager with murdering Shannon Ruby contrary to common law on Saturday, September 26, at Ard Na Greine, Station Road, Blarney, Co Cork.
The teenager made no reply after he was formally arrested, charged and cautioned.
Inspector Ryan initially applied to have the defendant remanded in custody until next week. Judge Con O’Leary said it would be preferable to remand the accused in custody to the juvenile court on Friday at Cork District Court.
The accused was then remanded in custody to appear at that court on December 4.
Judge O’Leary asked if there was any indication how long it would take for the accused to be served with a book of evidence.
Det. Garda Leahy said the garda file in the case had been with the DPP for a few weeks and that the State solicitor had indicated that he had commenced preparing the book of evidence.
Inspector Ryan said it would certainly be the new year before the book of evidence would be ready to serve.