Man, 20, charged with manslaughter after death outside Kerry takeaway on Sunday

Killarney District Court

A 20-year-old man has appeared before a sitting of Killarney District Court, charged with the manslaughter of 32-year-old Stephen O’Connor whose funeral took place in his native Glencar, Co Kerry this morning.

Christian Fleming of Mount Lyne, Killorglin, is charged with unlawfully killing Stephen O’Connor contrary to Common Law on February 10, at Main Street, Killorglin.

The court was told he works as a bartender in a Killarney Hotel.

Garda Sergeant Michael Quirke of Killorglin Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution at 12.23 am today. The accused made no reply to the charge, Sgt Quirke said.

The gardai objected to bail on a number of grounds including the seriousness of the charge, the likely sentence on conviction for which the maximum sentence is life, and the nature and strength of the evidence, Sgt Quirke said.

This included CCTV evidence, Sgt Quirke said. The garda also believed he posed a threat to the community, given the nature of the alleged crime.

Solicitor Brendan Ahern, for the accused, put it to Sgt Quirke that his client had cooperated fully at all stages including during a garda search under warrant of the family home on Sunday.

He had also attended by appointment for interview at 9.30am on Thursday.

Mr Ahern said that his client had put forward what could be construed as “a certain defence to the charge” and Sgt Quirke agreed.

Mr Ahern put it to Sgt Quirke about the clarity of the CCTV evidence. However, Judge David Waters said the bail application was not to go into specifics on the nature of the evidence. The solicitor said the CCTV was “quite restricted”.

Sgt Quirke agreed with Mr Ahern the accused came from a good family who were in court and there would be no flight risk.

Mr Ahern said his client would be willing to sign on daily at Killorglin Garda Station, be contactable at all times, and he had €2,000 in court to be paid over as a cash bond. He had handed over his passport and phone to gardai, the court was also told.

Judge David Waters said the accused would be entitled to bail on very strict conditions. He remanded Christian Fleming on bail on his own bond of €6,000, €2,000 of which was lodged in court.

He his also to observe a curfew between 11pm and 8am and on nights he was not working the curfew is to be between 8pm and 8am.

He is to be of sober habits and to have no contact “direct or indirect” with the victim’s family or with any witnesses.

He is to sign on daily at Killorglin Garda Station between 9am and 9pm, reside at Mount Lyne, Killorglin and notify garda of any change at any stage.

The judge made it a formal condition that he hand in his passport.

Judge Waters said it was to be brought to the court’s attention “immediately” if there was a breach of bail.

Legal aid was granted by Judge Waters after hearing gardai had no objection.

Christian Fleming has been remanded on bail to appear again before Killarney District Court on Tuesday next February 19.

During the proceedings, the accused, Christian Fleming, at times had his head in his hands and appeared to weep.

Earlier: Man due in court in connection with fatal assault of Stephen O'Connor in Co Kerry

By Digital Desk Staff

A man in his 20s is due in court this morning charged in connection with the death of a man in Killorglin, Co Kerry.

He will appear before Killarney District Court at 10.30am.

He was arrested yesterday by gardai investigating the fatal assault of Stephen O'Connor,

The incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning outside a takeaway.

The 32-year-old from the Glencar area had been on life support at Cork University Hospital but later died from his injuries.

The post-mortem examination has been completed but gardai say that details are not being released for operational reasons.

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