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Man in his 20s appears in court charged with murder of dad-of-one David Boland in Naas

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A man charged with stabbing to death a father-of-one after allegedly getting into a row at a Halloween night party has appeared in court.

Calvin Cullen, 20, is accused of killing motorbike enthusiast David Boland, 34, in Athy, Co Kildare.

He was led into a special sitting of Naas district court in Kildare on crutches yesterday.

Dad-of-one David was fatally stabbed in the early hours of Thursday.

He was found with serious wounds outside a clothes shop on Duke Street in the town just before 6am.

He was rushed by ambulance to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise, where he died from his injuries.

Calvin Cullen with a address at Greenhills, Athy on crutches at Naas District Court where he was charged with the murder of David Boland .

Mr Boland’s car, a silver Audi, was taken from the scene where he was attacked and found burnt out shortly afterwards at nearby Woodstock street.

The court heard that accused Cullen, from Greenhills in Athy, allegedly became involved in a row with the deceased, who was stabbed three times, one of them fatal.

The court also heard Cullen has been receiving medical assistance for his injuries while in Garda custody.

Calvin Cullen with a address at Greenhills, Athy on crutches at Naas District Court where he was charged with the murder of David Boland .

Defence lawyers asked for a psychiatric assessment to be carried out on the accused.

Judge Desmond Zaidan said he needed a basis for it, and would not make a decision at this point.

Legal aid was granted to the accused and the 20-year-old was remanded in custody to appear before Naas court again on Thursday.

Mr Boland was from the small village of nearby Nurney.

Athy Mayor Martin Miley describing the stabbing as “devastating.”

He said: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the man’s family, there was over a thousand people out for the fireworks and festivities.

“It’s devastating for something like this to happen on what should have been a night of celebration.”

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