Man admits removing evidence from scene where teen was murdered

Gerard McKenna pleads guilty over role in murder of Kean Mulready Woods (17)

Kean Mulready Woods: murdered in Drogheda, Co Louth last year.

Kean Mulready Woods: murdered in Drogheda, Co Louth last year.

 

A 52-year-old man has pleaded guilty to cleaning up and removing evidence from the scene where Drogheda teenager Kean Mulready Woods was murdered last year.

Gerard McKenna of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda, Co Louth was charged in February 2020 with impeding the apprehension or prosecution of another person in relation to the 17-year-old’s murder in January 2020.

Mr Mulready Woods, from Drogheda, was last seen alive in the town on January 12th. The following day, some of the his dismembered body parts were found in a holdall in the Moatview area of Coolock in Dublin.

Two days later, his head, hands and feet were found in a burning car in the Drumcondra area of Dublin.

McKenna, who had been due to go on trial next January, was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court on Monday via video-link on the single count.

He pleaded guilty to cleaning up and removing evidence from the scene at or near Rathmullan Park, Drogheda in Co Louth, with intent to impede the apprehension or prosecution of a person or persons, knowing or believing that the said person or persons were guilty of the murder of Mr Mulready Woods, on a date unknown between January 12th and January 14th, 2020, both dates inclusive.

The offence is contrary to Section 7(2) of the Criminal Law Act 1997.

Defence counsel Michael O’Higgins SC, for McKenna, said he needed time to attain a psychological report, which was acceded to.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott ordered a probation report and remanded McKenna in custody until February 28th, when the case is listed for mention.