Man remanded over Galway publican's killing

Thursday 05 June 2014 23.36
John Kenny was killed in Oughterard three years ago
John Kenny was killed in Oughterard three years ago

A 38-old man has been remanded in custody to July charged with killing teacher and publican, John Kenny, in Oughterard three years ago.

Marian Lingurar, who is from Romania, with an address in Blackpool, Cork, was arrested in the south of France earlier this week on foot of an extradition warrant.

He was extradited from France yesterday, a year to the day when he was due to stand trial in Galway for the unlawful killing of Mr Kenny, and taken in custody to Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

Prosecuting barrister Conor Fahy said the accused and a juvenile had failed to show up for their trial on 4 June last year and a bench warrant had been issued by the court at the time for their arrest.

Detective Fergal Kilbane gave evidence in court this morning of taking the accused into his custody from the French police at Nice Airport at 1.25pm yesterday and with arresting him on foot of the bench warrant when they arrived at Dublin Airport at 4.30pm yesterday.

Det Kilbane explained the accused had earlier been arrested by French police in Marseilles on foot of an extradition warrant and had consented to be extradited back to Ireland.

He applied to the court to have the accused remanded in custody to appear before the court on 8 July.

Mr Lingurar is charged with the unlawful killing of Mr Kenny, 56, in his pub at Main Street, Oughterard, on 25 September 2011, and with withholding information from gardaí in relation to the killing.

A court-appointed interpreter assisted him during the brief hearing.

Judge Rory McCabe remanded him in custody to appear before the court again on 8 July when a date will be fixed for his trial.

Mr Kenny's bound and gagged body was found on the floor of a toilet in the pub the following day by his wife and daughter.

Mr Kenny's wife, daughter, brother and other members of the Kenny family were present in court along with a large number of neighbours and friends.

Outside afterwards, one man shouted at the accused as he was driven away in a garda car from the courthouse.