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Death charge Third man appears in court accused of the murder of grandfather Thomas McCarthy

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

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Thomas McCarthy

A third man charged with the murder of a grandfather in a shooting in west Dublin last year has been remanded in custody.

Mark Lee, 31, was arrested this morning by gardai investigating a fatal gun attack on Thomas McCarthy on July 27, 2020, in Ballyfermot.

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 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.

Detective Sergeant Ronan McDermott arrested Mr Lee from Meile an Ri, Balgaddy, Lucan, Co. Dublin, at 6.22 am today.

He then brought him to Clondalkin station to charge him with Mr McCarthy's murder.

Afterwards, Mr Lee appeared before Judge Joanne Carroll at Dublin District Court.

Giving evidence, Detective Sergeant McDermott said, “the accused “made no reply to the charge after caution”.

He added that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) directed “trial on indictment in the Central Criminal Court”.

Dressed in a grey tracksuit and runners, Mr Lee remained silent during the hearing.

Judge Carroll remanded him in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court next Thursday. He has not yet indicated how he will plead.

Defence solicitor Michael O'Connor told the court his client had been working and earned €450 a week. Judge Carroll granted legal aid.

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She also acceded to the solicitor's request to direct appropriate medical attention for Mr Lee while on prison remand.

The District Court does not have jurisdiction to hold a bail hearing in a murder case, which requires an application in the High Court.

The DPP must complete a book of evidence before a return for trial order can be made.

Mr McCarthy had returned to his family home in Croftwood Park a week before the shooting. Until then, he lived in Southend on Sea in England, where he had raised a family.

In February, gardai also charged Cailean Crawford, 25, from Clifden Terrace, Ballyfermot, and Charles McClean, 33, of St Mark's Drive, Clondalkin, Dublin, with the murder. They are still awaiting trial.

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