A murder charge against a man accused of killing a man in Co Kildare last November has been struck out by a judge at Naas District Court because the book of evidence was not served in time.

Calvin Cullen, with an address at Greenhills, Athy, was charged with the murder of David Boland.

The father-of-one, from Nurney, died after being stabbed multiple times during a row on Duke St in Athy on 1 November.

Judge Desmond Zaidan was told today that the book of evidence, which contained 207 witness statements, was not ready yet.

The barrister representing Mr Cullen said the State had a 42 day timeline to prepare the book.

The court heard that timeline had been exceeded.

Judge Desmond Zaidan noted the case had been adjourned six times previously and because the prosecution failed to produce the book of evidence within the allowed time, the murder charge was struck out.