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Man charged with murder of father and daughter in Kerry

A 37-year-old man has appeared before Kerry District Court charged with the murders of a father and his five-year-old daughter in Tralee 12 years ago.

Philip Griffin, who was extradited from the UK, was also charged with arson.

He was remanded in custody.

Anthony O’Brien, 30, and his daughter Nadine died in a fire at their home in Tralee in the early hours of 12 May, 2012.

Neighbours raised the alarm when they heard shouting coming from the two-storey house at Killeen Heights just after 2am.

Mr O’Brien helped his wife Kelly to escape by lowering her from an upstairs window. He then tried to rescue Nadine, but both he and his daughter died in the blaze.

Detective Sergeant Ernie Henderson gave evidence of arresting Mr Griffin at Dublin Airport yesterday evening.

He told the court that the accused replied that he had nothing to say when the charges were put to him.

Solicitor Brendan Ahern asked for medical assistance to be given to Mr Griffin when he is in custody.

Free legal aid was granted after Mr Ahern said Mr Griffin had no income and no assets.

Judge David Waters granted an application by prosecuting Garda Sergeant Steven O’Brien to remand Mrp Griffin in custody.

He will be back before the court in Tralee next Wednesday.

Judge Waters refused to grant an application by the State to restrict reporting of the case to prevent identification of Nadine O’Brien.

Judge Waters said any such order would be meaningless in the circumstances, given previous reporting of the case.

He also said he doubted if he had the power to do so.

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