The man accused of murdering Ger Kennelly in Knockanure allegedly stabbed him in the leg

Kieran Brady (35) from Athea, Co Limerick, was brought before a special sitting of Listowel District Court this evening

Kieran Brady (35) from Athea, Co Limerick, was brought before a special sitting of Listowel District Court this evening.

The court heard that at 5:17 p.m. this evening, Mr. Brady was charged with manslaughter for Mr. Kennelly’s death. When he was charged, he made no response to gardaí.

Detective Garda Tim Walsh applied for Mr Brady to be remanded in custody, but his lawyer, Pat Mann, objected and said he would apply for bail for his client.

Judge Alan Mitchell asked the public to leave the court for the bail hearing. This also concerned the family of the deceased.

Garda Walsh said Gardaí were opposing bail because he was charged with manslaughter, which he said was considered a serious offense and would result in a prison sentence if convicted.

Gardaí said their opposition to bail was also based on the nature and strength of the evidence.

Garda Walsh told the court that the defendant was a passenger in a gray BMW which approached a second vehicle outside the pub in which Kennelly was a passenger.

The court was told Mr Brady got out of the BMW and walked towards the other vehicle, opening the passenger door. It is alleged that he kicked and punched Mr Kennelly and stabbed him in the left leg.

The deceased was carried away a short distance and died as a result of his injuries.

Gerard Kennelly.

Gardaí believe Brady fled the scene and disposed of the knife by throwing it out of the car window. The weapon was not found, the court said.

It is alleged that Mr Brady took a shower after returning home in Upper Athea and threw away the clothes he was wearing at the time of the alleged offense.

Gardaí said the incident was recorded on CCTV from a nearby pub, adding that this was corroborated by several witness statements.

Garda Walsh said no bail conditions would address his concerns.

Mann argued that there was no evidence that his client took a shower. However, gardaí said they found wet clothes in the defendant’s home which matched what Mr Brady was wearing on CCTV.

Mann said this was not included in the summary of evidence.

Mann described Brady’s personal situation, saying he has a partner, a child, and another child on the way. He said they could face strict conditions, including a curfew and reporting to a police station.

He said Brady’s passport was out of date, which allayed concerns.

Judge Alan Mitchell refused bail. Mr Brady was remanded in custody and will appear before Killarney District Court on June 4 for directions from the DPP.