A 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of another man in Co Kildare on Friday night.

Robert Broughan, with an address at St Patrick's Park, Rathangan, appeared before a special sitting of Naas District Court this afternoon.

He was charged with the murder of 34-year-old Roy Hopkins, who died after sustaining serious injuries during an incident on Friday night.

He was found beside the banks of the Grand Canal at Glenaree Bridge near Rathangan shortly after 9pm.

Roy Hopkins died after sustaining serious injuries during an incident on Friday night

Garda Séamus Doyle gave evidence to the court of arrest, charge and caution.

He said Mr Broughan had been charged at 2pm this afternoon. When cautioned, the court was told he replied: "Are we going to Naas?"

Judge Desmond Zaidan remanded the accused in custody to appear in court again via video link next Thursday.

He also ordered that a full psychological assessment be carried out on the accused, as well as any treatment if necessary.

The judge said that irrespective of the outcome of any legal proceedings in the case, he wished to extend his sympathies to the family of the victim.