Brother, 27, of shooting victim Sandra Boyd could face ‘more serious charges’


A DUBLIN man charged with firearms offenses following the death of his sister Sandra Boyd has been remanded in custody pending “more serious charges”.

The other of five Sandra, 36, was fatally injured in an alleged accidental exchange of gunfire at her home in Collins Place, Finglas, Dublin, just before 9pm on March 19

Emergency services were alerted before she was taken to Mater Hospital, but she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Her younger brother Derek Boyd, 27, also of Collins Place, was charged last week.

He is charged with two felonies under gun laws: unlawful possession or unlawful control of five rounds of 9mm Luger ammunition and a Kahr CW9 semi-automatic pistol on March 19 at his sister’s home address.

At an emotional hearing on March 23, he did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody.

Boyd appeared today via video link at Cloverhill District Court.

Detective Sergeant Damien Mangan asked Judge Victor Blake for an adjournment to receive formal orders from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and possible further charges.

The attorney told Mr Boyd that new charges were likely to be brought and that he would have to agree to the four-week adjournment requested by Detective Sergeant Mangan.

“I don’t know what it all means; this is all new to me,” replied Mr. Boyd.

His attorney said it was a procedural matter.

The DPP had to indicate whether the case would remain in district court or at trial or in circuit court, or whether new charges would be brought.

Mr Boyd requested a two-week pre-trial detention.

When asked if that was enough time, Detective Sergeant Mangan said, “It is a complex case, there is a substantial file on this matter being filed with the DPP and we are calling for other, more serious charges.”

Judge Blake remanded Mr Boyd to appear again on April 13 on the DPP orders and possible other charges.

Mr Boyd blessed himself and said “thank you all” at the end of the hearing.

In his first court appearance last week, Detective Sergeant Mangan said he had made “no comment” on the ammunition allegations and “did not respond” in response to the gun possession misdemeanor.

The defense said the firearms charge “relates to a horrific accident” and a “heartbreaking tragedy.”

Angry family members came to this hearing to support him and told him they loved him.

His attorneys said they don’t anticipate bail being asked in the case.

Ms Boyd was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery on Monday following her funeral service at St Canice’s Church, Finglas, where she was remembered as “an amazing mother who loved and lived for her children”. Brother, 27, of shooting victim Sandra Boyd could face ‘more serious charges’

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