Court charges Clare man with murder of security guard

A County Clare resident was today charged with the murder of a security guard who died following a stabbing in Dublin, in 2009.

A County Clare resident was today charged with the murder of a security guard who died following a stabbing in Dublin, in 2009.

The body of David Whyte, who was aged 35, and from Phibsborough in Dublin, was found by a dog-walker, at a derelict cemetery off Mill Lane, in Palmerstown, in September 2009.

His body lay unidentified in a morgue for several days until Gardaí released a photo to the media and members of his family recognised him.

This morning Chriostoir MacCarthaigh (aged 33), with an address at Leitrim Cree, Kilrush, Co. Clare, was brought before Dublin District Court. He is accused of murdering Mr Whyte on September 24, 2009.

Detective Garda Eamonn O'Neill of Ballyfermot station told Judge Hugh O'Donnell that the defendant, who was wearing jeans and a grey hooded top, was arrested at Caherrush, in Quilty, in Co. Clare, at 3.46pm, yesterday.

He said the defendant made no reply after caution and the reason for his arrest was explained to him in English after which he indicated that he understood.

Detective Sergeant Denis Smith told Judge Hugh O'Donnell that the accused, whose defence made representations today in Irish, made no reply when he was charged last night.

He also added that the procedures of his arrest were translated into Irish for him at the Garda station.

Det-Sgt Smith applied for a remand in custody for one week.

Speaking in Irish, defence solicitor Michael Finucane applied for legal aid to be granted and submitted a statement of his client's means.

Judge O'Donnell noted that there was no garda objection to legal aid and acceded to Mr Finucane's request. He also certified for an Irish language interpreter.

Mr MacCarthaigh, who was remanded in custody, will appear again at Cloverhill District Court on January 19 next.

Meanwhile another man, Simon Griffin (aged 55), of Ballyfermot Road, in Dublin, has pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to impeding the Garda investigation into Mr Whyte's killing. He is due to face sentencing on Friday, January 14, and could face a term of up ten years.

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