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Ex-boyfriend of Sheola Keaney sent forward to trial

Published 21/09/2006

The ex-boyfriend of Cork teenager Sheola Keaney has been sent forward for trial to the next sitting of the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

Thomas Kennedy, of Russell Heights in Cobh, is charged with murdering the 19-year-old at Newtown on July 14th.

Inspector Martin Dorney confirmed in court today that the book of evidence on Mr Kennedy had been served and the DPP consented to him being sent forward for trial.

Defence Solicitor Nicholas O'Keefe raised no objection and said they were ready to proceed.

The 21-year-old accused spoke only once during the three-minute hearing to confirm to Judge Michael Patwell that he understood what was involved in producing any witnesses he may have for his trial.

He was accompanied in court by his parents, while Ms Keaney's family and friends were also in court.

Judge Patwell remanded Mr Kennedy in ongoing custody October 23rd, when he will appear before the Central Criminal Court in Dublin to fix a date for his hearing.

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