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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Man released on bail in Keith Ryan case


The two men charged in relation to the death of Keith Ryan have appeared in court today.Thomas Ryan of Shanabooly Road, Ballynanty and Tony O'Brien of Baker Place were both charged with assaulting Keith Ryan causing him harm.

It emerged in today’s case that Gardai will be bringing more serious charges against the two men when a file is fully prepared for the D.P.P.

Detective Sgt Seamus Nolan who was giving evidence in the opening session today said that Thomas Ryan and Tony O Brien had punched and kicked Keith Ryan repeatedly about the face and head causing substantial injuries resulting in his death.The detective appealed to the judge not to grant the two men bail on the grounds that they might flee the jurisdiction.

Tony O'Brien was denied bail, however Judge Tom O Donnell granted Thomas Ryan bail. Gardai then had to restrain the victim’s family who shouted at the accused after the bail was granted.

Keith Ryan was beaten and left to die on Thursday night June 25th under the Shannon bridge in Limerick city.

Both men will appear again on June 14th.

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