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Student accused of murder of Leo Carolan further remanded in custody

Leo Carolan
Leo Carolan

A 23-YEAR-OLD student accused of the murder of his friend Leo Carolan who died following a stabbing at his flat in Dublin has been further remanded in custody.

Gardai launched a murder investigation after the budding 25-year-old DJ from Dun Laoghaire was stabbed to death on Oct. 4 at his home on the South Circular Road.

Mr Carolan was a second-year student at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology where he had been studying creative music technology. He was living in his apartment at South Circular Road for some time after returning from France where he he had studied Anthropology at Universite Lumiere in Lyon.

A second man, Swiss national Ludovic Thomas, was found injured on the road outside and was rushed to hospital with serious knife wounds.

Student Charles Cleary, 23, who is currently of no fixed abode but from the Rathfarnham area in south Dublin, was arrested on Oct. 8 and held at Kevin Street Garda Station.

Charles Cleary

He was charged with murdering Mr Carolan and with assault causing harm to Mr Thomas. He was remanded in custody following a court appearance on Oct. 10 last.

His third hearing was held at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

Judge William Hamill further remanded him in custody to appear again on Dec. 9.  A book of evidence has to be prepared and directions from the DPP are also awaited, Det Sergeant Adrian Whitelaw of Kevin St station told the court today.

He has not yet entered a plea to the charges. The district court cannot grant bail in murder cases meaning he will have to make an application to the High Court to get released pending trial.

At his first hearing last month,  Det Sergeant Whitelaw had said. “I cautioned him and in reply he he had nothing to say.” Psychiatric assessments of him were also ordered when he first appeared in court..