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‘Excessive workload’ delaying Derrylin fire murder probe

Daniel Allen (27) who is charged with four counts of murder

Pressures on forensic scientists have caused “some slippage” in a murder case in which three generations of a family were killed in a Derrylin fire.
Daniel Sebastian Allen (27) of Molly Road, Enniskillen but remanded in custody since his arrest, is charged with murdering the four victims, still each named in court papers as “a person who is currently unidentified”, on February 27.
He is also accused of arson with intent to endanger life by damaging the house in which the four victims resided.
During a video-link hearing at Enniskillen Magistrates Court, in which Allen spoke only to confirm his identity, a prosecution lawyer explained, “Some slippage has occurred in respect of target dates.” She advised forensic scientists are currently experiencing an “excessive workload” and the intricate examination of some items is proving more time-consuming that originally anticipated.
Several other reports remain outstanding, but are now being progressed.
It was decided the investigating police officer should attend the next hearing to provide a detailed update on the progress of the case.
Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne remanded Allen in continuing custody to appear again by video-link on October.1.

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