Man (26) charged with murder of pensioner Paddy
A man charged with the murder of 90-year-old Paddy Lyons in Waterford has been remanded in custody.
Ross Outram (26) appeared before Dungarvan District Court charged with the murder of Mr Lyons at Loughreagh, Ballysaggart, Lismore, Co Waterford, at a time unknown between February 24 and 25 last.
A large crowd gathered outside Dungarvan Courthouse as Mr Outram was brought to the hearing from the local garda station where he had been questioned for two days.
Several jeered as the young man was brought away from court after the brief hearing.
Mr Outram, of Ferryland, Waterford Road, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, appeared in court wearing navy slacks, a blue jumper and navy runners. He only spoke to confirm his identity and date of birth.
During the brief hearing, he held his hands in his lap and occasionally spoke to the two detectives flanking him.
Det Sgt Shay Keevans gave evidence of arrest, caution and charge.
He said that, after being cautioned, Mr Outram made no reply to gardaí when charged with Mr Lyons's murder.
The court was told that Mr Outram was arrested by gardaí at an address in Tipperary on Sunday evening and brought to Dungarvan garda station for questioning about the death of the retired farmer.
Judge Terence Finn confirmed free legal aid to Mr Outram who, the court was told, only had an income via his social welfare payments.
Because Mr Outram faces a murder charge, bail can only be dealt with by the High Court.
Inspector Larry Sheahan said gardaí were seeking a remand in custody to a suitable district court sitting.
Defence solicitor Eamon Hayes said he had no submissions to make to the court beyond the legal aid application.
Judge Finn remanded Mr Outram in custody to appear again before Dungarvan District Court on March 8.
Mr Lyons was pronounced dead at his isolated Ballysaggart farmhouse home on Saturday.
The elderly farmer had been found slumped in a chair at his home with blood on his face and obvious injuries to his face and head.
The alarm was raised when neighbours became concerned about Mr Lyons after he failed to attend the funeral of a local person with whom he was very friendly.