An assault charge against Yousef Palani, charged with the murders of Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee in Sligo, has been upgraded to attempted murder of a third man.
r Palani, 22, from Markievicz Heights, Sligo, was brought before Judge Sandra Murphy at Sligo District Court this morning.
He has been in custody since he was released following a special hearing at Sligo District Court on 14 May.
Today, Sergeant Derek Butler told Judge Murphy the DPP ordered Mr Palani to be prosecuted in the Central Criminal Court for the murders of Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee and the attempted murder of Anthony Burke.
Dressed in gray sweatpants and a padded green and black jacket, Mr Palani was escorted into the courtroom, flanked by two prison officers.
Anthony Burke, his alleged victim, was in court for the brief hearing.
Garda Kevin O’Hora gave testimony at 10.52am at Sligo Courthouse on the arrest, charge and caution of the defendant.
Garda O’Hora told Judge Murphy he provided the defendant with a faithful copy of the indictment. “Richter, he didn’t answer,” Garda O’Hora said.
Sgt Derek Butler confirmed to Judge Murphy that a single charge of assault causing damage to Anthony Burke at Cleveragh Road in Sligo on April 9, 2022 will be withdrawn and replaced with a charge of attempted murder in connection with the same incident.
Sgt. Butler told Judge Murphy, “The new charge supersedes this charge.”
He applied for the defendant’s continued detention until September 22, 2022.
Judge Murphy granted the request and said she expected the evidence book would not be ready at this point. Sgt. Butler agreed.
Mr Palani remained unmoved throughout the hearing and spent much of it with his head bowed.
At an earlier hearing, Mr Palani’s lawyer, Mr Gerry McGovern, questioned how long it had taken to get instructions from the DPP and said his client had been in custody since April 14.
Sgt Butler previously said the reason for the delay was due to the “very complex” case and the amount of material on file.
“The file is so large that it had to be sent to Garda headquarters to be printed,” he said.
It is the seventh time Yousef Palani has appeared in court since he was charged with the murder and assault of the two men who caused damage to another man at different locations in the city of Sligo over three days from April 9-12 .
The 22-year-old is charged with the murder of auctioneer and political activist Aidan Moffitt, 41, on April 10, 2022 at his home in Cartron Heights, in the town of Sligo.
He has also been charged with the murder of retired care assistant Michael Snee, 58, at the City View Apartments in Sligo on April 12, 2022.
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