Saturday 22 July 2017

Girl to live in house as father faces trial

The daughter of a man charged with murdering her mother must be allowed to return to live in the family home without any interference from his relatives, the High Court ordered. Stock Picture
The daughter of a man charged with murdering her mother must be allowed to return to live in the family home without any interference from his relatives, the High Court ordered. Stock Picture

Tim Healy

The daughter of a man charged with murdering her mother must be allowed to return to live in the family home without any interference from his relatives, the High Court ordered.

Danny Keena (53) lived with his partner Brigid Maguire and their two children at Empor, Ballynacargy, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

He was charged last year with murdering Ms Maguire at Main Street, Ballynacargy, on November 14, 2015.

He is currently on remand in Castlerea prison awaiting trial due to take place next January. He denies murder.

His daughter Jade Maguire (19) last May obtained a High Court order preventing her father from reducing his assets below €350,000 and from selling, letting, mortgaging or transferring the family home at Empor.

The house is worth around €160,000 and is built on part of a 20-acre farm, worth around €190,000, which Mr Keena inherited from his father.

Jade has been living with her aunt Loretta since last November and now wants to move back into the family home which is in the joint names of her father and mother.

Ms Maguire, who is a trainee hairdresser, hopes to eventually work from the house.

Her father wants to let the house so that he can provide for his children with the income.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan said the court would "not entertain" the proposal that the house should be let.

He did not see any circumstances how Ms Maguire, who is now 19, could be prevented from living there at the behest of Mr Keena's family.

Irish Independent

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