Thursday 29 January 2015

Face of man charged with murder of young mum Sonia Blount

Published 18/02/2014 | 10:55

Main picture, Eric Locke, inset, left at court today, inset right Sonia Blount
Eric Locke
Sonia Blount
Sonia Blount
Sonia Blount

A 31-year-old man has appeared in court in Tallaght charged with the murder of mother-of-one Sonia Blount.

Eric Locke (31) voluntarily walked into Store Street Garda Station on Sunday evening following the death of Ms Blount, whose body was found in Tallaght at the weekend.

The young mother's body was found by cleaning staff in a hotel bedroom.

Judge Anthony Halpin remanded Locke in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on February 25.

The judge also ordered that Locke have access to medication, and that he receives medical attention if required.

The accused must apply to the High Court for bail on a murder charge.

Locke, of St John's Park East in Clondalkin, appeared this morning before Tallaght District Court charged with the murder of Sonia Blount.

The alleged murder took place at a room in The Plaza Hotel in Tallaght on Sunday, February 16 last.

Garda Jennifer Brogan said Locke  was arrested and was charged by Garda Sergeant Damien Deegan at Tallaght Garda Station at 1.10am this morning.

Gda Glennon said Locke was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and was asked if he understood the allegation, which he indicated he did.

The garda said Locke was asked if he had anything to say in relation to the charge, and he replied "no".

Defence solicitor Mark Quinn said there was no application for bail.

The accused, who was unshaven and wearing jeans and a navy fleece top, kept his head bowed for the duration of the short hearing.

He only raised it when Judge Halpin explained to him that he must apply to the High Court for bail on a murder charge.

Judge Halpin remanded Locke, a university graduate, in custody to Cloverhill District Court on February 25.

The judge also assigned Mr Quinn on free legal aid.

Ms Blount was the mother of three-year-old boy and hailed from the Allenton estate in Tallaght. She had checked into the Plaza Hotel in Tallaght between 9.30pm and 10pm on Saturday.

Hotel staff alerted gardai to Ms Blount's death after her fully clothed body was found on the floor of a bedroom

By Eimear Cotter

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