Gardaí compiling evidence from nearly 100 witnesses in relation to South Kerry murder

Gardaí are compiling evidence from nearly 100 witnesses in relation to a murder in South Kerry.

Blake Sweeney of 31 Fertha Drive, Caherciveen is facing a murder charge, following an incident in the town in which a 33-year-old man received fatal stab wounds on May 23rd this year.

Tralee District Court recently heard the book of evidence is currently being compiled.

33-year-old Robert Elston, originally from Lisselton, was stabbed to death after a fight broke out in Fertha Drive in the early hours of May 23rd.

Blake Sweeney was charged with his murder in May and remains in custody.

Tralee District Court heard the book of evidence has not yet been served in the case, however, it’s believed to be at an advanced stage.

Padraig O’Connell, solicitor for the accused, said his client has faced an undue delay, and as he was refused bail in the High Court, Mr Sweeney should not be subjected to further delays.

Sergeant Kieran O’Connell said the book of evidence is being compiled, however, due to the large number of witnesses and statements involved, more time is needed.

He added the “ball is rolling” in relation to the book of evidence; Padraig O’Connell remarked “it’s not rolling quick enough” at this time for his client.

Judge Marie Keane remanded Mr Sweeney in custody to reappear later this month.