Mechanic murder boy remanded

A 16-year-old boy charged with the murder of Dublin man Aidan O‘Kane, who was shot dead near his home in December, was remanded on continuing bail at the Children’s Court this morning.

Judge Ann Ryan agreed to an application by the State to allow further time for the book of evidence in the case to be completed.

The slightly built teenager, who was dressed in a navy hooded top, tracksuit bottoms and white runners, was accompanied to court by his father and remained silent as Judge Ryan remanded him to appear again in the Children’s Court in eight weeks.

Defence solicitor Maura Kiely said she was consenting to the State’s application.

Widower and father of one, Aidan O’Kane, a mechanic, who was aged 50, died following a row near his home at Shelmalier Road, in East Wall, Dublin 3, on December 7 last.

He was fatally wounded in the stomach, in a laneway between Shelmalier Road and Bargy Road, not far from his house.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified because he is a juvenile, was charged at the Children’s Court, in Smithfield, in Dublin, three days later.

On the boy’s first court appearance on December 10 last, Detective Sergeant Martin Connolly had said he arrested him at Store Street Garda station for the “offence of murder contrary to common law.”

The north east inner city Dublin boy was then remanded in custody to St Patrick’s Institution, part of the Mountjoy Prison complex.

Shortly before Christmas he was granted High Court bail, after his sister was approved as an independent surety in the amount of €2,000.

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