Sunday 4 December 2016

Focus on state of mind of murder accused, jury told

Alison O'Riordan

Published 28/07/2016 | 02:30

James Redmond (60) with an address at Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24, is charged with murdering Mary Dargan and attempting to murder Karina Dargan at their home in Killinarden Estate on March 15, 2014 (Stock photo)
James Redmond (60) with an address at Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24, is charged with murdering Mary Dargan and attempting to murder Karina Dargan at their home in Killinarden Estate on March 15, 2014 (Stock photo)

The state of mind of a man accused of murder should be the sole focus of a jury's deliberation, a defence counsel has argued.

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James Redmond (60) with an address at Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24, is charged with murdering Mary Dargan and attempting to murder Karina Dargan at their home in Killinarden Estate on March 15, 2014.

Mr Redmond has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the two charges at the Central Criminal Court.

Prosecution counsel Pauline Walley SC recalled Detective Garda Paul Smith who was a senior member of the investigating team.

Det Gda Smith agreed with counsel that the evidence given by Mary Dargan's three children had established that relations between the two families were "absolutely fine" and there had never been anything "untoward" going on.

He also agreed that there was "no substance or truth" to allegations made by Mr Redmond about chanting or laughing or someone suggesting he was a paedophile.

Ms Walley then began her closing speech.

She told the court there was "no disagreement" between the two psychiatrists concerning what Mr Redmond was suffering from at the time.

Mr Grehan for the defence said the sole issue was the accused's "state of mind at the time" and the evidence in relation to that was "all one way."

The jury will continue its deliberations today.

Irish Independent

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