Dubliner appears in court charged with 'disposal' of Keane Mulready Woods' remains

Dubliner Appears In Court Charged With 'Disposal' Of Keane Mulready Woods' Remains
Stephen Carberry (46) has also been charged with impeding the investigation into the murder and dismemberment of the teenager (pictured).
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A Dublin man has been accused of the “disposal of body parts” and impeding the investigation into the murder and dismemberment of Keane Mulready Woods in 2020.

Stephen Carberry (46) appeared at Dublin District Court on Friday, facing three charges.


The accused made no application for bail, and the trial will be heard by the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Judge Monika Leech remanded Mr Carberry, of Adair Apartments, Sandymount, Dublin 4, in custody to appear again on May 31st.

Keane Mulready Woods (17) was last seen alive by his family on the evening of Sunday, January 12th, 2020.

He was killed, and his body was later dismembered.


Remains were found at Coolock and in a burned-out vehicle at Trinity Terrace, Dublin, and at Rathmullan Park in Drogheda, Co Louth. The remains were subsequently identified as being that of the teenager.

Mr Carberry is accused of damaging a Volvo V40 car by fire, bearing false registration plates for the benefit of a criminal organisation, on January 15th at Trinity Terrace, Ballybough, Dublin 3.

The second charge alleges that from January 13th to 15th, 2020, at Trinity Terrace, to enhance the ability of a criminal organisation to commit a serious offence, murder, he participated in or contributed to the transportation and disposal of body parts of Keane Mulready Woods.

The third charge states that over the same two-day period, at locations in the State, he impeded the apprehension or prosecution of another person who committed the murder and knowing they were guilty of that or another offence.


Detective Sergeant Enda O’Sullivan told Judge Leech that Mr Carberry replied, “I was never in Ballybough,” to one charge and did not respond to the other two.

Det Sgt O’Sullivan added that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has decided that Mr Carberry should be tried in the Special Criminal Court.

He said he expects the book of evidence will not be ready for at least four weeks.

Defence solicitor John Feaheny said his client was not applying for bail at this stage.


The judge remanded Mr Carberry in custody to appear again next Friday, but noted that the book of evidence would not be ready at that point.

Legal aid was granted to Mr Carberry.


A second man, Owen Flood (30), who faces related charges, also appeared before the same court.

He is accused of using a stolen car at Sandymount Avenue, Dublin 4, on December 19th, 2019.


On the same date, it is alleged that Mr Flood, of Ballybough Avenue, Dublin 3, stole €50 of Diesel from Applegreen Service Station, M1 Northbound, Lusk, Co Dublin.

Detective Sergeant Fergus Finnegan said Mr Flood’s reply to the charge was: “I’ll plead guilty straight away.”

The DPP instructed that Mr Flood would face trial on indictment in the Circuit Court. A book of evidence must also be drafted for his case.

He was granted legal aid after the judge was informed he had “no assets”.

His solicitor, Aoife McTaggart, said the defence was “reserving our position on bail”. He was remanded in custody to appear again next Friday.

Neither defendant addressed the court during their brief separate appearances before Judge Leech.

Last year, two men were jailed by the Special Criminal Court for connected crimes.

Gerard Cruise (50), of Rathmullan Park, Drogheda, pleaded guilty to a charge that, with knowledge of the existence of a criminal organisation, he facilitated the murder of Keane Mulready Woods, at Rathmullan Park, Drogheda. He was handed a seven-year jail term.

Paul Crosby (28), of Rathmullan Park, Drogheda, pleaded guilty to the same charge and was imprisoned for 10 years.

Those proceedings heard that the prime suspect in the murder was Robert Lawlor, a “notorious” criminal. Lawlor (36), from Dublin, was shot dead in Belfast in April 2020.

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