The teenager charged with the murder of Japanese man Yosuke Sasaki in Dundalk in January was once again unable able to attend a court hearing scheduled for today.
The Irish Independent report that Mohamed Morei (18) was unable to appear at his sixth scheduled court hearing at Cloverhill District Court today. He was arrested and remanded in custody on January 4th, the day after the murder.
Judge Vincent Blake has further remanded Morei in custody in his absence and the case has now been adjourned for another two weeks, until Thursday March 22nd.
Six weeks ago, the Independent report, the court was handed a letter from a consultant psychiatrist at the CMH, stating that Mr Morei would not be able to attend court until mid-February. However, the earliest he will appear will now be late March.
Morei has been receiving regular psychiatric treatment at the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum. Garda Inspector Martin Beggy said at that hearing that the youth's nationality had not yet been undetermined.
If he seeks bail this application will have to be made in the High Court, because he is facing a murder charge.
Japanese national Mr Sasaki, aged 24, was killed after he was fatally stabbed on the Avenue Road in Dundalk shortly before 9am on Wednesday January 3rd.