Pair Jailed For Parts Played In Gruesome Murder Of Teenager in Drogheda

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Keane Mulready-Woods

Two men have been jailed for their roles in facilitating the murder of Keane-Mulready Woods, who was killed in a house in Drogheda, Co. Louth in January 2020.

At the time, Paul Crosby and Gerard Cruise both lived in Rathmullen Park in Drogheda, which is where the 17-year-old was murdered.

Before handing down the sentences today, Mr Justice Tony Hunt sympathised with Keane Mulready-Woods’ family.

He described what was done to his remains after he was murdered as “disgraceful and inhuman.” He said it beggars belief and undoubtedly compounds their grief.

Neither Paul Crosby nor Gerard Cruise murdered the 17-year-old but Mr J Hunt said the assistance they offered to those who did was “significant.”

Crosby essentially lured Keane to his death, while Cruise helped those behind the murder by collecting certain items like false licence plates and a curtain poll.

The day after the murder, Cruise was also seen leaving two shopping bags outside his house, which were later collected by a person of interest in the investigation.

Crosby was jailed for ten years today, while Cruise got seven years for his role.

The two men were initially facing murder charges but the court was told today that those charges will not be pursued.