28 year-old man charged with murder of Martin Kivlehan in Sligo last year

A brother and sister have been charged in relation to the murder of Martin Kivlehan in his home in Sligo over a year ago.

Twenty-eight year old Keith Brady was before Sligo District Court this morning charged with the murder the 59-year old.

Brady’s younger sister Janice was charged before Dublin District Court yesterday with impeding the arrest or prosecution of a person believed to have committed murder.

Martin Kivlehan, known as Matt, was found dead in his home in August of last year.

A well-known musician and an accomplished carpenter, his death shocked the community, particularly as it came during the festivities surrounding the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo.

This morning in Sligo District Court, Keith Brady, from Sligo, was charged with the murder of Martin Kivlehan.

Garda Inspector Tom Colsh told the court that when he charged Brady, he replied: “I just want to say I am sorry for what happened. I never meant any of this to happen. To this day, I do not know what went wrong.”

Inspector Colsh said the State’s application to the court was to remand Brady in custody to Harristown District Court in Castlerea, Co Roscommon, until tomorrow, Friday morning.

Barrister Keith O’Grady told the court Brady was already in custody on other charges.

He has a release date of April 2017 but on that date a further sentence is to start.

He would not be released any time soon so bail was not being sought.

The barrister said Brady required attention for drug abuse and he asked Judge Kevin Kilrane to direct that an addiction counsellor have direct regular contact with him.

It had also become clear over recent months that Brady has psychiatric issues.

Judge Kilrane directed that the accused receive treatment for addiction and also that there be a psychiatric assessment done.

The judge also granted free legal aid in the case.