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Man denied bail over murder of Oughterard publican

A 37-year-old father of two, Florin Fitzpatrick, is refused bail at Galway District Court due to the possibility of further charges.

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THE MAN charged with last week’s murder of Oughterard publican and schoolteacher John Kenny has been refused bail by Galway District Court.

The Galway News reports that Judge Mary Fahy refused bail when Florin Fitzpatrick, of The Green, College Road, Galway, appeared at a special sitting of the court yesterday afternoon.

RTÉ quotes a defence solicitor who explained that Fitzpatrick, a Romanian national who had been arrested over the murder on Wednesday, had lived in Ireland for ten years and worked as a security guard for seven of those years.

He had been married to an Irish woman – taking her surname – and had two children with her, but the couple were now separated.

Judge Fahy refused an application for bail based on the seriousness of the charge against him, and the possibility that further charges could be brought against him following the conclusion of the current investigations.

Kenny, 56, was found dead with his hands tied behind his back at his family-owned bar a week ago. Post mortem results he had died as a result of a violent assault. He was laid to rest on Saturday.

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