House sealed off in murder probe

GARDAÍ investigating the double murder of Des Kelly and Breda Waters in Limerick on Sunday were yesterday given permission by a judge to retain possession of a house as a crime scene as part of the ongoing murder hunt.

At Limerick District Court, Judge Tom O’Donnell consented to a Garda application to extend the designation of the home of Anthony Kelly at 121 O’Malley as a crime scene for a further 48 hours.

The murders of Des Kelly, 24, and Breda Waters, 28, were carried out at another house at 531 O’Malley Park at around 9am on Sunday.

A woman aged 36, was arrested yesterday as part of the ongoing investigation, bringing to eight the number now in custody.

The body of Breda Waters was released to her family yesterday and the removal will take place from Cross Funeral home at 6pm today to St Mary’s Church. Burial will take place to Mount St Oliver cemetery after 11am Mass tomorrow.

The funeral arrangements of Des Kelly have not been finalised.

During yesterday’s court hearing, Supt John Scanlan, who is leading the murder investigation, said more than 150 gardaí were now deployed to the investigation and these included three forensic teams.

Supt Scanlan applied under Section 5 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006 to extend the designation of Anthony Kelly’s home as a crime scene until 1.12pm on tomorrow.

John Devane, solicitor for Anthony Kelly, objected, saying Mr Kelly, his partner and two young children had been put out of the house, since the gardaí had taken possession of the building on Monday afternoon.

Supt Scanlan said the application referred to the murder investigation.

Supt Scanlan said none of the four people who resided at 121 O’Malley Park was in custody.

Mr Devane said Anthony Kelly kept several dogs and birds in the garden of the house and wanted access to feed them.

Supt Scanlan said the gardaí would provide the necessary assistance to whatever animals are at the scene.

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