Murder of Thomas Dooley: Third man charged in connection with attack on Kerry cemetery

A man has appeared before Tralee District Court in connection with the death of Thomas Dooley in Rath Cemetery in October.

Homas Dooley, 20, of Bay 10 stopping point, Carrigohane Straight, Cork, is charged with the murder of his namesake, 43 year old Thomas Dooley, at Rath Cemetery in Rathass, Tralee last October 5.

The 20-year-old man is also charged with assault causing severe harm to Siobhán Dooley, the deceased’s wife, through the same incident.

The man was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning and charged with the two offences. He was remanded in custody for a week so that the evidence book could be served.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has also appeared before Tralee District Court in connection with the incident at Rath Cemetery. He is accused of willful possession of a weapon. The man asked for bail.

Detective Mark O’Sullivan told the court that the teenager was arrested and charged at Tralee Garda Station in the early hours of Wednesday while his mother was present, and he did not respond to the charges.

The court has been told that the state objects to bail on a number of grounds, including the seriousness of the crime, which involves possession of an item with intent to cause injury.

Detective Sgt Mark O’Sullivan said it was alleged the teenager was part of a gang who ambushed Mr Dooley with weapons including machetes – when he was attending a funeral with his four young children – as a result of a feud with members of the Dooley family.

Sgt O’Sullivan said the group fled the scene and the teenager was a passenger in a vehicle arrested by Gardaí in Cork City. He said CCTV showed three vans being watched at locations in Cork and Kerry after the killing and that the teenager was a passenger in one of them.

The court was told Gardaí feared he would not appear in court if he was granted bail, disrupting witnesses as he has UK links and had gone to Britain and was arrested at Dublin Port on 15 November , when he returned from the UK.

The court was also told that the incident at Rath Cemetery is part of an ongoing dispute that has seen a number of violent incidents in recent years.

Sgt. O’Sullivan said the deceased’s wife, Siobhán, was afraid of everyone allegedly involved in the attack and feared what the accused might do in the event.

His lawyer, Aoife Buttimer, said her client was a minor and therefore special consideration should be given as it would take time for DPP orders to be passed on. She said her client only went to the UK for his welfare and would surrender all travel documents and live at the family home if bail was granted.

Judge David Waters said he would grant bail under strict conditions, including an independent cash deposit of €5,000 to be posted by an adult on his behalf. He must also register twice a day and live at the address given to the court. The teenager must also surrender all travel documents and observe a curfew between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

The judge also placed conditions that he would not disturb anyone involved in the case and stay away from Kerry.

Legal aid was granted and the teenager was remanded in custody on bail until November 23.

Two men, including a brother and a cousin of the deceased, have already been charged with Thomas Dooley’s murder. Murder of Thomas Dooley: Third man charged in connection with attack on Kerry cemetery

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