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Forkhill man charged in Dundalk taxi driver murder

A 22-year-old Forkhill man has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of Dundalk taxi driver Martin Mulligan.

Joseph Hillen, of Glendesha Road in Forkhill, was detained by Gardaí in the early hours of last Thursday morning before undergoing questioning at Dundalk Garda Station.  The South Armagh man was subsequently charged with the offence and appeared in Drogheda District Court later that evening charged with the murder of Mr Mulligan in September last year.

The brutal killing of the married father-of-two stunned communities on both sides of the border after the 53-year-old’s body was found on the roadside close to his abandoned taxi at Carnmore, Kilcurry on September 28th last year.  He had suffered stab wounds to the stomach and right thigh with a post mortem revealing that he died as a result of injuries to his aorta and right femoral artery.

In May this year, Gardai confirmed that follow-up searches carried out on the Armagh Road were linked to the discovery of a knife and a 22-year-old man was arrested and questioned before being released without charge.  A file on that arrest had been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions with Gardai awaiting instructions on how to proceed.

Mr Hillen was remanded in custody and will appear before Cloverhill District Court in west Dublin on Thursday (17th November).