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Monday 14 October 2019

Charged with unlawfully killing brother

A 21-year-old Wexford man appeared at Wexford District Court on Tuesday, charged with unlawfully killing his brother.

A 21-year-old Wexford man appeared at Wexford District Court on Tuesday, charged with unlawfully killing his brother.

Martin Connors, of 50 Belvedere Grove, Wexford, was charged with the unlawful killing of Michael Connors, (21) of Cluain Dara, Wexford, at the family home at 50 Belvedere Grove on July 8, 2011.

His parents, Sally (54) and Gerard (59), and siblings, Patrick (19) and Margaret (25), were all charged with impeding the apprehension of the prosecution of the said person at Wexford Garda Station on July 9, 2011, at the court.

All five were arrested on Tuesday morning last at approximately 10:45 a.m. and taken to Wexford Garda Station.

Garda Colm Dunne said none of the defendants made any reply having been cautioned.

Inspector Derek Hughes told Judge Gerard Haughton that the Director of Public Prosecutions had ordered for the trial to proceed on indictment. He then asked for the case to be adjourned until October 7 for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Garda Dunne said the gardaí were not seeking for any of the defendants to be remanded in custody, but rather sought strict bail conditions. These include that defendants Sally, Gerard, Martin and Patrick Connors must reside at their home at 50 Belvedere Grove and have to give gardaí 24 hours' notice if they are going to change address; they must not apply for a passport and must sign on every Monday and Friday at Wexford Garda Station. They must also have no contact with any of the witnesses in the case, save through a solicitor.

In the case of Margaret Connors, she was ordered to surrender her passport and must reside at her home at 50 Belvedere Grove and will have to give gardaí 24 hours' notice if she plans to change her address. She must sign on every Monday and Friday at Wexford Garda Station and have no contact with any of the witnesses in the case, save through a solicitor.

The family sat huddled together in the otherwise empty public gallery on Tuesday afternoon, looking downcast, as the charges were read out.

Solicitor Eva Lalor told the court that all of the defendants are unemployed, while applying for legal aid for the Orange solicitor firm.

The defendants were released on €500 bail each to return to the courtroom on October 7 when the book of evidence is expected to be prepared and handed to the defendants.

The late Michael Connors was taken to Wexford General Hospital from Belvedere Grove on the night of Wednesday June 29, 2011.

He was taken subsequently transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, where he died on July 8, 2011.

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