Man admits to James Hughes killing

Updated: December 13, 2011

A man has handed himself in to detectives investigating the murder of Crossmaglen football star James Hughes.

Shane Rogers, 32, of Deery Terrace, Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, was charged with the murder Hughes on Sunday morning. The former told gardai that he could not live with what he had done.

Mr Hughes won three All-Ireland club medals with the Armagh club and was captain of the side for a period. He was shot in a taxi at Cluain Ard, Lis na Mara estate in Dundalk, Co Louth.

Dundalk District Court heard the accused was charged with the murder at Carrickmacross Garda Station in Monaghan shortly after 9pm yesterday.

Sergeant Kieran Moore told the court the defendant said: “I apologise to him and to his family and friends and to Trish Byrne. I’m sorry for what I done.

“I cannot live with myself for doing this.”

Sgt Moore told how Mr. Rogers rang him the morning of the murder, and voluntarily agreed to hand himself in.

Judge Flann Brennan remanded Rogers in custody at Cloverhill Prison, in west Dublin, until next Tuesday, December 20.

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