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remanded Two appear in court charged with murder of Dublin grandad Thomas McCarthy

Cailean Crawford, 25, from Clifden Terrace, Ballyfermot, and Charles McClean, 32, of St Mark’s Drive, Clondalkin, Dublin were arrested this morning.

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Cailean Crawford

Cailean Crawford

Cailean Crawford

TWO men have been remanded in custody after they were charged with the murder of a grandfather in a shooting in Dublin last year.

They were arrested on Friday morning by gardai investigating a fatal gun attack on Thomas McCarthy on July 27 in Ballyfermot.

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Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy

Mr McCarthy (55) a dad and grandfather, lived in the UK with his wife and children, but had returned to Ireland to visit relatives.

He was shot at the front door of his mother's home in the Croftwood Park.

Mr McCarthy was pronounced dead a short time later despite efforts to resuscitate him.

The gunman fled and three cars were subsequently found burnt out.

Cailean Crawford, 25, from Clifden Terrace, Ballyfermot, and Charles McClean, 32, of St Mark’s Drive, Clondalkin, Dublin were arrested this morning.

Both were charged with the murder of Mr McCarthy.

They then faced separate hearings before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

Detective Sergeant Ronan McDermott told the court that Mr McClean “made no reply to the charge after caution”.

Mr Crawford greeted the judge saying “good afternoon” when he entered the courtroom.

He also made no reply to charge, Judge Blake was told.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and they can be sent forward for sentence on a signed plea, should that arise, Detective Sergeant McDermott said.

Solicitor Michael French, acting for the two defendants, said books of evidence will be required.

McClean said “no problem” when told by the judge that his application for legal aid was successful.

Judge Blake remanded them in custody to appear again at the same court via video-link next Friday.

The district court cannot consider bail applications in murder cases.

The books of evidence have to be prepared before they be sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

There was no Garda objection to legal aid.

Mr McCarthy had returned to his family home in Croftwood Park a week before the shooting.

He had been living in Southend on Sea in England, where he had raised a family.

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