A BROTHER and sister have appeared in court charged with the murder of a 63-year-old man at his south Dublin home.
Kenneth Cummins (26) and his sister Sabrina Cummins (36) were remanded in custody this morning after they were brought before Dublin District Court accused of killing Thomas Horan.
They were both arrested following the death of Mr Horan, whose body was found after he was beaten at his apartment in sheltered accommodation for senior citizens in Ringsend.
He had died of internal injuries and was found in the bedroom of the flat on Monday.
The accused, both of the same address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4 are charged with murdering Mr Horan at Cambridge Court, Ringsend on January 6 last.
Judge Michael Walsh remanded them in custody after hearing neither accused replied to the charges after caution.
The defendants had been arrested on the northside of the city on Wednesday afternoon and taken for questioning to Donnybrook and Irishtown garda stations.
In evidence today, Garda Bryan Hunt said he arrested Kenneth Cummins at 2.58pm at Old Cabra Road on January 8 and brought him to Irishtown Garda Station. He was detained until last night and made no reply to the charge after caution at 8.45pm.
Mr Cummins's solicitor Michael Hennessy consented to a one-week remand in custody and asked Judge Walsh to direct medical attention for his client.
He also applied for legal aid, saying the accused was not working.
Dert Gda David Wogan said he arrested Sabrina Cummins at 2.49pm at Cabra Cross on January 8 and she also made no reply when charged at Donnybrook Garda Station yesterday evening.
Her solicitor Michael French also applied for legal aid and asked Judge Walsh to direct immediate medical attention for her while she is in custody.
"The seriousness of the situation is not lost on her", Mr French added.
Judge Walsh made the requested orders and granted legal aid in both cases. He remanded the defendants in custody, to appear in court on January 16.
Kenneth Cummins, wearing a grey hooded tracksuit and black tshirt, and Sabrina Cummins, in a dark grey hooded jacket, black top and skirt, did not address the court during the brief hearing.
Mr Horan's body was found on the floor of his bedroom at around 4am on Monday. He had been living in the Cambridge Court flat for more than three years.
A post-mortem by State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy confirmed that he had died as a result of internal injuries.
Originally from Mullingar, Mr Horan married a woman from south Dublin in the late 1970s and they settled down in Ranelagh, near where he worked as a domestic servant at the Marist Fathers regional office in Milltown.
A family source said the couple had been separated but still in regular contact.
By Andrew Phelan