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Fireman puts killing charge behind him

ÔIÕm shocked at tragic eventsÕ

By Nathaniel Bane

AN Antrim Fire Brigade officer who had a murder charge against him dropped said today he had put the matter behind him and was getting on with family life.

AN Antrim Fire Brigade officer who had a murder charge against him dropped said today he had put the matter behind him and was getting on with family life.

In a statement issued through his solicitors, Robert John Monahan (34), said he had been deeply shocked by the tragic events.

During a hearing at Antrim MagistrateÕs Court on Wednesday the Director of Public Prosecutions formally withdrew the charge against Mr Monahan of killing 16-year-old Gerard Tierney.

Tierney, of Rathkyle, died from a stab wound in the chest caused by a bayonet.

The fatal incident occurred after Mr Monahan challenged two people he found sitting in his car outside his Moylena Road home in Antrim.

At the time of the fatal incident Mr Monahan was an officer in charge of Glengormley Fire Station.

Mr Monahan expressed his sympathy to the family of Mr Tierney for the loss they had suffered.

He also thanked his solicitors, family and friends.

The statement said: ÒNow that the charge has been withdrawn and the strain of legal proceedings has been removed he (Mr Monahan) wishes to put the matter behind him and get on with his family life.Ó

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