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Ballyfermot man charged with Michael Tormey gun murder further remanded in custody

Christopher Devine (40) is charged with the murder of Mr Tormey

Christopher Devine

Tom Tuite

A man charged with the murder of Michael Tormey in Ballyfermot, Dublin, has been further remanded in custody to appear again in two weeks.

Mr Tormey, 49, was found on his driveway at Thomond Road at about 4.30 am on January 9 after returning from a family function.

The married father of three, who worked as a salesman and a doorman, suffered gunshot wounds to his back and chest.

His wife Amy and a young child were in the house when the fatal gun attack occurred.

Christopher Devine, 40, of Convent Lawns, Ballyfermot, was charged with his murder was remanded in custody following a court appearance on January 19.

The unemployed man was granted legal aid.

He faced his second hearing on Wednesday at Cloverhill District Court. Dressed in a grey tracksuit, he remained silent during the brief hearing, represented by solicitor Darren Gray.

Detective Sergeant Ronan O’Reilly told Judge Victor Blake he had not yet received directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions. Judge Blake further remanded him in custody to appear again on February 9.

Michael Tormey

At his first hearing, Detective Sergeant O’Reilly said Mr Devine “made no reply to the charge”. He was granted legal aid after his solicitor explained he was unemployed client received social welfare.

Medical care, including psychiatric attention, had been requested when he first went into custody.

Due to the nature of the charge, the district court cannot consider a bail application that only the High Court could hear.

Last week, gardai released a woman, in her 30s, without charge on Tuesday evening and will prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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