Sunday 22 October 2017

Man (28) charged with murdering mother of four

Samantha Walsh
Samantha Walsh
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A man has been charged with the murder of mother-of-four Samantha Walsh in a Waterford city apartment.

Danny Whelan (28), of no fixed abode, but who is originally from Thurles, Co Tipperary, appeared before Waterford District Court charged with the murder of Ms Walsh.

The 31-year-old, from Lisduggan in Waterford city, was discovered unresponsive in a bedroom of a flat off Thomas Street in Ballybricken at 3pm last Friday.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Whelan is charged with her murder at a time unknown between April 27 and 28.

Det Garda Pat Kelly told Judge Kevin Staunton he arrested, cautioned and charged Mr Whelan at Waterford Garda Station and he made no reply to the charge.

As it is a murder charge, bail can only be granted by the High Court.

Judge Staunton remanded Mr Whelan in custody to appear again on Monday.

Defence solicitor Colin Morrissey applied for free legal aid, stressing that his client was currently in receipt of social welfare.

Mr Morrissey also asked Judge Staunton to direct that Mr Whelan be given all the medical and psychiatric treatment he required while in custody, and pointed out that his client was only released from University Hospital Waterford last weekend.

Mr Morrissey also said that his client maintained he replied "not guilty" when the charge was formally put to him, rather than making no reply.

Mr Whelan appeared in court wearing a black and grey Puma tracksuit, and did not speak during the brief hearing.

The court remand took place as Ms Walsh's requiem Mass was held at St Paul's Church in Lisduggan.

Irish Independent

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