Murder accused tries to escape

A man charged with murdering another man in a “frenzied” knife attempted to flee Limerick District court yesterday morning.

Murder accused tries to escape

Seconds after he was charged with the murder, Dylan Hayes, aged 20, of The Crescent, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, made a bolt from the holding area in the court.

However, Mr Hayes failed to get through a locked door between him and the court body and several gardaí swooped in to restrain him.

Mr Hayes, charged with murdering Shane Murphy, aged 26, in Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, on April 30, kicked the door, lashed out at officers, and shouted out: “Ah, you dirty bastard, ya”.

Gardaí surrounded him and returned him to a holding cell at the court.

When charged with murder by Detective Sergeant Ted Riordan Mr Hayes said: “You are charging an innocent man.”

Ger Hogan, aged 32, of Raheen Square, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, also appeared in court charged with Mr Murphy’s murder.

Mr Hogan “had nothing to say” when charged, Detective Garda Mike Reidy told the court.

Both men were previously charged with assault causing serious harm to Mr Murphy and with producing a knife during the course of assaulting him. Both these charges were withdrawn by the State.

John Devane, representing Mr Hogan, asked the State to “comply with a book of evidence within the appropriate date”.

A previous court sitting heard Mr Murphy was the victim of a “sustained and frenzied attack”.

Gardaí previously told the court the two accused men stabbed Mr Murphy before inflicting a second stabbing attack as he lay “incapacitated” on a couch.

Gardaí said Mr Hogan and Mr Hayes were found in an upstairs bedroom of the house following Mr Murphy’s death, and that Mr Hayes was smoking heroin.

Det Gda Reidy previously told the court: “The post-mortem findings, carried out by the State pathologist Marie Cassidy, were that there were 23 stab wounds on the body of the victim, and that a number of them could have proved fatal.”

Gardaí also previously told the court they anticipated “further serious charges would be preferred” against the two accused men.

Solicitor John Devane told the court that Mr Hogan was discovered in Mr Murphy’s girlfriend’s house, having lost a lot of blood after a hand injury, caused when he “pulled a knife away from another person to protect somebody else”.

Judge Marian O’Leary remanded both men in custody to appear before Limerick District Court again today.

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