Up to 1,600 hours of CCTV footage scanned in murder investigation

UP to 1,600 hours of CCTV footage is being scanned by gardaí as part of the double murder investigation into Des Kelly and Breda Waters, who were shot dead in Limerick’s Southill estate last Sunday morning.

The scale of the murder investigation emerged yesterday at Limerick District Court when gardaí were given permission to detain six people — three men and three women — arrested last Monday for a further 72 hours. All six were arrested in one house in the Castletroy area of the city.

In applying for an extension of the arrest periods, Chief Supt Dave Sheahan gave details of the investigation into the murders.

Gardaí suspect, Kelly, aged 24, a hardened criminal, was the main target over a drugs debt, and Ms Waters, aged 28, was shot dead for fear she would identify the two attackers.

Hundreds attended removals last night from Cross’s funeral home to St Marys Church (Breda Waters) and the Holy Family Church in Southill (Des Kelly). Their funerals will take place separately today.

All six under arrest were brought separately into court yesterday amid armed Garda presence.

In reply to Michael Murray, State Solicitor for Limerick City, Chief Supt Sheahan said the investigation was complex and proceeding with diligence and expediency. He applied to keep the six people arrested on Monday in custody for a further 72 hours under the provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.

Detailing the extent of the investigation, he said more than 100 gardaí were involved. He said they have harvested material from more than 30 CCTV systems and more work was ongoing in relation to more than 15 other CCTV systems. Total CCTV footage to be viewed now ran to more than 1,600 hours and covered an area of a five square miles radius of Southill. Chief Supt Sheahan said the CCTV material was very important to the investigation. Five houses were being searched and searches of open ground and burned-out houses were also in progress.

Granting the extensions to detain the six for a further 72 hours, Judge Tom O’Donnell said he was satisfied due to the complexity of the investigation.

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