Monday 26 September 2016

Man charged with murder of Natalie McGuinness (23) admitted to Central Mental Hospital

Greg Harkin

Published 05/11/2015 | 11:26

Oisin Conroy
Oisin Conroy

The man charged with the murder of Co Sligo woman Natalie McGuinness has been admitted to the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, a court heard today.

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Oisin Conroy (33) from The Mews, Mail Coach Road in Sligo, was due to appear at Sligo District Court this morning.

He was charged last week with the murder of Easkey native Miss McGuinness (23) in Sligo on October 28.

When Conroy’s name was called in court, Judge Kevin Kilrane said he had been told Mr Conroy was now in the care of the Central Mental Hospital.

Natalie McGuinness
Natalie McGuinness

Defence solicitor Gerry McGovern confirmed this and told the judge he had been unable to get instructions from his client.

Inspector Ray Mulderrig applied for a remand in custody until December 4 to allow for the preparation of a book of evidence.

The funeral cortege of Natalie McGuinness leaving St James’ Church Easkey for Churchill Cemetery, Dromore West where she is buried
The funeral cortege of Natalie McGuinness leaving St James’ Church Easkey for Churchill Cemetery, Dromore West where she is buried

However Judge Kilrane said he was unable to do this as Mr Conroy was not in court.

He remanded Mr Conroy in custody ‘in abstentia’ until November 13 when the murder accused is due to appear at Harristown District Court.

Mourners outside the church at the funeral of childcare worker Natalie McGuinness, 23, on Saturday in her home village of Easkey
Mourners outside the church at the funeral of childcare worker Natalie McGuinness, 23, on Saturday in her home village of Easkey

Miss McGuinness died last Wednesday morning following an incident at Mr Conroy’s apartment.

Last Thursday, when Mr Conroy appeared at Sligo District Court charged with murder, his legal team had requested that he be treated at the medical facility in Dundrum.

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