Thursday 29 September 2016

Man found not guilty of gun murder by insanity

Alison O'Riordan

Published 29/07/2016 | 02:30

Mr Redmond pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the two charges at the Central Criminal Court
Mr Redmond pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the two charges at the Central Criminal Court

A man who shot dead a mother of six and injured her daughter in the kitchen of their home has been found not guilty of murder and attempted murder by reason of insanity.

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James Redmond (60), with an address at Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24, was charged with murdering Mary Dargan and attempting to murder Karina Dargan at their home in Killinarden Estate on March 15, 2014.

Mr Redmond pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the two charges at the Central Criminal Court.

Prosecution counsel Pauline Walley SC told the jury that both families were neighbours and had lived "peacefully and amicably side by side" in the Killinarden Estate for many years.

Two consultant forensic psychiatrists gave evidence that Mr Redmond was suffering from "severe depressive episodes with psychotic symptoms" and would have been unable to refrain from his actions.

Yesterday, a jury of seven men and five women returned majority verdicts of not guilty on both counts.

After they had delivered their verdict, Mr Justice Robert Eagar thanked the jury for their attention to the case.

Irish Independent

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