Two men accused of the murder of a 17-year-old boy in Drogheda, Co Louth, last year are to be tried before the Special Criminal Court.

Paul Crosby, 25, of Rathmullan Park in Drogheda, and Gerard Cruise, who is 47 and has addresses in Dublin 1 and at Rathmullan Park in Drogheda, are charged with the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods at a house in Rathmullan Park between 12 and 13 January 2020.

The teenager was last seen alive in Drogheda on 12 January 2020.

The following day, some of his remains were found in a sports bag in the Moatview area of Coolock in Dublin.

Two days later, more remains were discovered in a burning car in a laneway in the Drumcondra area of the city.

His torso was found 14 months later hidden in an overgrown ravine during an extensive search of open ground at Rathmullan Park in Drogheda on 11 March 2020.

Paul Crosby and Gerard Cruise had already appeared before the district court but today the case was transferred to the Special Criminal Court following an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Solicitor Michael O'Donovan made the application today and Presiding Judge Mr Justice Tony Hunt granted the application.

No date has yet been set for the trials.

Neither man was required to appear before the court this morning but will have to attend next Friday, 18 June.