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A garda at the scene of the murders in Limerick on 9 January. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two in court over Limerick double murder

One woman remains in custody and two men appear in court after nine arrests in the investigation into murder of Breda Waters and Des Kelly.

Updated at 18:50

TWO MEN APPEARED IN COURT today in connection with the murder of two people in Limerick a fortnight ago.

Des Kelly, 23, and Breda Waters, 28, were found dead in a house at O’Malley Park, Limerick, on 9 January. A post-mortem revealed they had each been killed by a single gunshot wound.

The bodies were discovered by Kelly’s sister, who had been staying at the house with her 6-month-old baby and heard the shots.

Nine arrests have been made to date in the double murder investigation, and gardaí collected over 1,600 hours of CCTV footage to examine.

Gardaí said earlier today that two men charged in relation to the killings would appear before Limerick District Court at 4.30pm today.

Patrick O’Brien, 31, of 30 Glanntán, Golflinks Road, Castletroy, Limerick, and Thomas Stuart, 27, of The Cedards, Brierfield, Castletroy, Limerick, were charged with the murders of Kelly and Waters. They are due to appear in court via video link on 20 January, RTÉ reports.

Two more people, one man and one woman, have been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the DPP. One woman remains in custody.

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