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custody remand Man charged with the murder of woman and her two kids to get book of evidence

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has formally directed trial on indictment in the Central Criminal Court.

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A MAN charged with the murders of a woman and two children at their south Co. Dublin home has been further remanded in custody for prosecutors to complete a book of evidence.

A murder investigation was launched following a post-mortem into the three deaths in October.

Neither they nor the defendant can be named for legal reasons.

Gardai arrested a man in his 30s and charged him after which he made no reply.

The accused faced his sixth hearing today when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has formally directed trial on indictment in the Central Criminal Court.

Judge Blake remanded him in continuing custody to appear again in two weeks for the DPP to complete a book of evidence.

It needs to be completed and served on the accused before the district court can make a return for trial order.

He was first held in custody on Nov. 30 by Judge Anne Watkin at Dun Laoghaire District Court.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Detective Sergeant White.

He had told Judge Watkin that section 252 of the Children Act applied because two of the injured parties were juveniles.

The Court of Appeal’s recent interpretation of that part of the legislation was that anonymity can also apply to child crime victims who have passed away.

The media was told by the judge at the man's first hearing that there were reporting restrictions.

At his second court appearance on Dec. 2, lawyers from RTE and a number of newspapers asked Judge Blake to consider lifting the restrictions, also possible under section 252 of Children Act where the court is satisfied it is in the interest of the child.

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The defence objected.

Judge Blake refused to alter the existing order.

The district court cannot consider a bail application in a murder case which requires an application in the High Court.

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