The High Court has refused bail to a 53-year-old barrister and law professor who is accused of murder.

Diarmuid Rossa Phelan from Kiltalown Lane, Tallaght, in Dublin, is charged with murdering 36-year-old Keith Conlon, who was shot at Hazelgrove Farm, Kiltalown Lane in Tallaght, on 22 February.

Mr Conlon died in hospital two days after the shooting.

Mr Phelan has been in custody since his arrest.

Gardaí told the High Court last week that Mr Phelan was considered a flight risk as he had extensive contacts abroad and owned considerable assets.

The accused, who said he was an associate professor of law in Trinity College and has been a senior counsel since 2008, told the court there was no possibility of him trying to evade justice.

His defence counsel, Michael O'Higgins, submitted to the court that his client is a person who has a greater understanding of having to meet a court order "rather than 99.9% of the population".

But Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy ruled today that Mr Phelan posed a serious flight risk if admitted on bail.

She said this was due to matters, including the seriousness of the charge, the strength of the evidence, and the likely sentence.