Man faces trial for murder of Kevin Molloy in Dublin in January

Gardai at the scene
Gardai at the scene

A 22-YEAR-OLD Dublin man is facing trial after he was charged today with the murder of an engineer who was found dead in his home in January.

Kevin Molloy, 41, is believed to have died about week before he was found by a concerned family member at the bottom of the stairs in his home at Glendhu Road, in Cabra, in Dublin. Relatives had been trying to contact him for days before he was discovered on February 1st last.

Mr Molloy, who had previously worked as an engineer, was a single man with no children, and had been living at his house in Cabra for about eight years.

A post-mortem found he died of blunt force trauma to the head and he was formally identified using DNA evidence.

Raymond Walsh was arrested at his north Dublin home at 11.18am today and brought to Finglas Garda station where he was charged with murder of Kevin Molloy at a time between January 23rd and February 1st last.

Mr Walsh, with an address at Carnlough Road, in Cabra West, was then brought in Garda custody to appear before Judge William Hamill at Dublin District Court.

Dressed in a baggy green T-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms and black boots, he sat silently as evidence of his arrest was given. Det Sergeant Thomas Lynch said that at 1.02pm yesterday/today (WED) the charge was put to Mr Walsh, “and he made no reply after caution”.

The DPP has directed that the 22-year-old must be tried on indictment in the Central Criminal Court and a book of evidence needs to be prepared, Det Sergeant Lynch said.

Judge Hamill acceded to his request to remand Mr Walsh in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on October 14th next.

Mr Walsh spoke briefly during the hearing to confirm that he was seeking free legal aid and to nominate his solicitor, Alan Doyle, to represent him. There was no objection from gardai and the court heard the accused was unemployed  but not in receipt of social welfare.

He has not yet entered a plea and due to the nature of the charge he must make an application for bail in the High Court to get released pending his trial.