Northern Ireland

Man charged with murdering James Hughes in Dundalk

James Hughes
Image caption Mr Hughes played for the Crossmaglen Rangers senior Gaelic football team

A 32-year-old man has appeared in court in Dundalk charged with the murder of GAA player James Hughes in the County Louth town at the weekend.

Shane Rogers, with an address at Deery Terrace, Inniskeen, County Monaghan, was remanded in custody.

Mr Hughes, 35, who played for the Crossmaglen Rangers senior Gaelic football team, was shot dead in Dundalk in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A number of shots were fired into a taxi in which he was a passenger.

A 48-year-old man who was driving the car and a 21-year-old woman were injured in the incident. They were taken to hospital but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The shooting happened outside a house in the Cluain Ard in Lis Na Dara estate shortly after 04:00 GMT on Sunday.

Mr Rogers did not speak during the hearing, but police described how he contacted them by phone and had been very remorseful and truthful about what happened to Mr Hughes.

He told gardai: "I apologise to him, his family and friends" and to the woman who was also in the taxi at the time.

Mr Rogers also told them: "I cannot live with myself for doing this."

He is to appear again before Cloverhill District Court next Tuesday. There was no application for bail.

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