Thursday 27 April 2017

Man (68) faces trial for murder of partner

Judge Hutton granted the State's request to order that Mr Duffy was being returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court (Stock photo)
Judge Hutton granted the State's request to order that Mr Duffy was being returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court (Stock photo)

A 68-year-old man has been sent forward for trial accused of murdering his long-term partner at their South Dublin home.

Charity shop worker Des Sullivan (59) died after he was injured at his house in Summerville Park, Rathmines, on May 6 last.

His partner Desmond Duffy was arrested at the same location in December and taken to Rathmines garda station where he was charged with murdering Mr Sullivan.

He had been remanded in custody at his first hearing on December 22 last but was later granted bail in the High Court.

He appeared again before Judge Kathryn Hutton at Dublin District Court yesterday when he was served with a book of evidence by Detective Inspector George McGeary, of Terenure garda station.

A State solicitor told Judge Hutton that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that Mr Duffy will face trial on indictment.

Judge Hutton granted the State's request to order that Mr Duffy was being returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

A date for his next hearing has yet to be allocated.

Irish Independent

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