Man charged with murder after weekend stabbing at Dublin house

Mark Whelan (45) accused over death of father-to-be Noel Whelan in his 20s

Gardaí at the scene in Castlecurragh Heath,  Mulhuddart, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Gardaí at the scene in Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

 

A man has been remanded in custody after he was charged with murder following a fatal stabbing at a house in Dublin at the weekend.

Mark Whelan (45) Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart, Dublin appeared before Judge Paula Murphy at Blanchardstown District Court on Monday afternoon having been arrested on Saturday.

He was accused of murdering Noel Whelan, a father-to-be who was in his twenties, at Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart on Saturday.

Shortly after 6pm on Saturday, gardaí attended the scene of an incident in a house at Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart where Noel Whelan was discovered with stab wounds. He was treated at the scene by emergency services personnel but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Evidence of arrest charge and caution was given by Detective Sergeant Shane MacCartan. He said the accused made no reply when the charge was put to him t at Finglas Garda station at 1.15pm on Monday.

The District Court cannot grant bail in a murder case.

Mr Whelan, represented by solicitor Tracy Horan, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Judge Murphy acceded to a request from the solicitor to direct medical attention and psychiatric evaluation of the accused while in prison remand.

Mr Whelan, in a green top and navy bottoms, was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on April 5th next.

Legal aid was granted after the court heard he was not working. Due to the nature of the charge he will have to apply to the High Court for bail.