A Monaghan man who shot dead a GAA star and later handed himself into police, said he could not live with what he had done, a court has heard.
Shane Rogers, (32) was charged wuith the muder of James Hughes from Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, on Sunday morning.
Dressed in a grey sweater, blue jeans and runners, Rogers stood in the courtroom with his head bowed throughout the short hearing.
A talented footballer, Hughes (35) was the captain of Crossmaglen Rangers GAA club. He was won three All-Ireland medals with the team. He was gunned down by Rogers in a cab in Dundalk.
His friend Patricia Byrne (21) and the taxi driver Anthony Callan were also injured in the attack, which happened at around 4am on Sunday morning.
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Dundalk District court heard the accused was charged with the murder at at Carrickmacross Garda Station in Co Monaghan, shortly after 9pm on Monday night.
Sergeant Kieran Moore said when cautioned the defendant replied: "I apologize 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 said the defendant contacted him by telephone on the morning of the murder and volunteered to come into the station.
"From the first moment I saw him he was very remorseful for what happened," Moore told the court.
"I found him truthful and he explained in full what happened."
Judge Flann Brennan remanded Rogers in custody in Cloverhill Prison in west Dublin, until next Tuesday, December 20. He ordered that the accused get medical and psychiatric attention.