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Man charged in connection with fatal stabbing in north Kerry denied bail

A man charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal stabbing in north Kerry has been refused bail.

Kieran Brady, 35, of Upper Athea, Co Limerick, appeared before a special session of Listowel District Court this afternoon.

Detective Garda Tim Walsh told Judge Alan Mitchell that at 5.17pm at Listowel Garda Station, he charged Mr Brady with the manslaughter of Gerard Kennelly in Knockanure.

Brady did not respond to the accusation.

Mr Kennelly, who was in his thirties, died early yesterday morning in Knockanure.

Detective Garda Walsh said the State was opposed to bail given the seriousness of the charge and the evidence supporting the charge, as well as the possibility that he could be a flight risk, and that no bail condition would alleviate your worry.

Applying for bail, Kieran Brady’s lawyer Pat Mann said his client was the father of a young child and was in a stable relationship with his partner, who is pregnant.

Mann said any concerns could be allayed with very strict bail conditions; His client could check in every day at Listowel Garda Station, even twice a day, as he lives a short distance away.

Pat Mann said there was no reason why Mr Brady’s freedom should be taken away.

Judge Alan Mitchell refused bail citing the seriousness of the manslaughter charge.

Kieran Brady has been remanded in custody to appear at Killarney District Court next Tuesday.

Legal assistance was granted.

Lawyer Pat Mann indicated his client would appeal the denial of bail to the High Court.

Members of Mr. Kennelly’s family attended court for the hearing.

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