& # 39; He was my father and I love him very much, & # 39; said the son accused of killing his father, against Garda

By Tom Tuite

A 31-year-old man told gardaí: "He was my father and I love him very much and would have done everything for him" after being accused of murdering his father in a stabbing at their parental home in Dublin.

Gerard Fortune, 63, a relief worker at St. James's Hospital, died after an incident in his home in Rutland Grove, Crumlin, on Sunday night.

Shortly after 8 pm, gardaí and emergency services were called to the house and Mr. Fortune was taken to the St. James hospital with an ambulance, where he was soon declared dead.

His son, David Fortune, also known as David O & Leary, with the same address, was taken into custody after appearing before the judge Mary Dorgan in Dublin District this afternoon.

He was accused on August 19, 2018 of the murder of his father.

Gardaí on the scene of the stabbing.

In the days that followed, Gardaí had made a public call for information and published the description of a car.

The accused was arrested Sunday and detained on the grounds of section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Crumlin Garda Station before he was charged and was brought to court today.

The brigadier Brendan O & # 39; Halloran gave evidence of the arrest and told Judge Mary Dorgan that he had warned the suspect at 12.52 yesterday and told him that everything he said would be destroyed and used as evidence.

After he had been warned, David Fortune did not answer.

Garda-sergeant O & # 39; Halloran said he arrested him on 19 August for the crime of murdering Gerard Fortune at Rutland Grove, Crumlin.

The court heard that he was charged at 13.55 and received a copy of the cost overview.

He replied: "I never wanted to hurt anyone, he was my father and I love him very much and would have done everything for him," the court heard.

The unemployed 31-year-old was visibly upset because he was sitting on the suspect's bench while the details of his arrest were read by the Garda sergeant.

The court can not rule on bail in cases of murder.

The suspect used the last names Fortune and O & # 39; Leary, the judge heard.

Judge Dorgan agreed to take him into custody to appear on the Cloverhill court on August 28.

The suspect, dressed in a red Addidas T-shirt, gray tracksuit pants and black runners, gestured to distraught relatives in the public gallery when he was led from the court.

Judge Dorgan joined the defense of lawyer Brian Coveney's application to provide legal assistance to the accused. There was no objection from Garda, she remarked.

Mr. Coveney said his client was unemployed and he presented the court with an explanation of Mr Fortune's resources.

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