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The accused appeared before Listowel District Court this evening. Brian Lawless/PA

Man (35) appears in court charged with fatal assault of man in north Kerry

Gerard Kennelly was found with a serious stab wound and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

A MAN IN his thirties has appeared at a special sitting of Listowel District Court this evening charged with the manslaughter of 44-year-old Gerard Kennelly in Co Kerry in the early hours of Monday.

Kieran Brady (35) of Athea in Co Limerick was arrested early yesterday morning in connection with the death of Gerard Kennelly at Knockanure in County Kerry.

The fatal incident is alleged to have happened in Knockanure in north Kerry at about 12.15am Monday.

Gerard Kennelly, who was from Knockanure, was found with a serious stab wound and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The accused was brought before a special sitting of the district court in Listowel this evening before Judge Alan Mitchell.

Detective Garda Tim Walsh gave evidence to the court of arresting Kieran Brady and charging him at 5.17pm at Listowel Garda Station.

Kieran Brady made no reply to the charge.

Solicitor Pat Mann, for the accused, applied for bail and this was opposed by the State on a number of grounds. These included the seriousness of the charge, the likelihood of a custodial sentence if convicted and the possibility of the accused being a flight risk.

Judge Alan Mitchell refused bail and remanded the accused in custody, to appear before Killarney District Court next Tuesday, June 4th.Legal aid was granted.

Mann indicated that his client would be appealing the bail refusal decision to the High Court.

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