Tuesday 17 October 2017

Pictured: Man (26) charged with murder of pensioner Paddy Lyons

Crowd gathers outside court as Ross Outram (inset) is brought to hearing

Inset: Ross Outram
Inset: Ross Outram
Paddy Lyons (90) was found in his home on Saturday
Garda forensics officers search for evidence at the home of the 90-year-old farmer Picture: Provision
Flowers outside Paddy Lyons's house Photo: Frank McGrath
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A young man has been charged with the murder of 90 year old Waterford pensioner Paddy Lyons.

Ross Outram (26) appeared before Dungarvan District Court today 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.

Several jeered as the young man was brought away from court from the hearing shortly after 11am.

Mr Outram of Waterford Road, Clonmel, Co Tipperary appeared in court wearing navy slacks, a blue jumper and navy trainers.

He only spoke to confirm his identity and date of birth.

Paddy Lyons (90) was found in his home on Saturday
Paddy Lyons (90) was found in his home on Saturday

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.

Garda forensics officers search for evidence at the home of the 90-year-old farmer Picture: Provision
Garda forensics officers search for evidence at the home of the 90-year-old farmer Picture: Provision

He said that, after being cautioned, Mr Outram made no reply to Gardaí.

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.

Flowers outside Paddy Lyons's house Photo: Frank McGrath
Flowers outside Paddy Lyons's house Photo: Frank McGrath

He was initially detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

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 and not at District Court level.

Judge Finn remanded Mr Outram in custody to appear again before Dungarvan District Court on March 8 next.

Paddy Lyons (90) was pronounced dead at his isolated farmhouse home in at Loughreagh, Ballysaggart, Lismore, Co Waterford last Saturday.

The elderly farmer had been discovered slumped in a chair at his home with blood on his face and obvious injuries to his face and head.

He was found by a caller to his cottage around 5pm last Saturday.

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.

Neighbours said the absence was totally out of character for Mr Lyons.

A post mortem examination by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) subsequently resulted in Dungarvan Gardaí launching a murder probe on Sunday.

Mr Lyons was a well known character in the Ballysaggart area.

He did not own a car and would regularly get lifts with locals to collect his pension, attend Mass and go to social events and GAA matches.

Mr Lyons was a lifelong bachelor.

He was also an only child who has one relative resident overseas.

His home lies several hundred metres down an isolated laneway and is some 11km from Lismore town.

Mr Lyons was last seen in the Lismore area on Friday afternoon.

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