A man has been charged with the murder of Philip Finnegan at Rahin Wood in Co Kildare last year.

Stephen Penrose, 34, of no fixed abode, was further remanded in custody at Naas District Court.

The State is alleging that he murdered Mr Finnegan on 10 August 2016 by stabbing him multiple times and placing his body in a shallow grave.

Mr Finnegan’s remains were found on 2 September 2016.

A file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecution in May.

Judge Desmond Zaidan was told that Mr Penrose made no reply when the charge was put to him at the courthouse at 10.25am. 

Sarah Connolly, BL, made an application for free legal aid and this was granted. 

Mr Penrose was remanded in custody to Cloverhill prison on Friday 10 November. 

Garda Inspector John Costello said he did not believe the Book of Evidence would be ready by this Friday.

The DPP had directed that the charge be tried in the Central Criminal Court.

Remains found partially buried

Mr Finnegan, from Dublin, was known to gardaí for his involvement in organised crime.

The 24-year-old was reported missing from his home at Mary Aikenhead House, Dublin 8, on 10 August 2016.

His body was found partially buried in a shallow hole in the ground covered by undergrowth.

An attempt had also been made to set the remains on fire and his clothes were charred.

Mr Finnegan was aware his life was in danger and wore a bullet-proof vest, which was found on his remains.

He was involved in serious crime and had been attacked and shot at a number of times before.

He was charged - but acquitted - of firearms offences after a gun had been found in his home.