Monday 26 September 2016

Son charged with murder of mother in family home

Published 26/11/2015 | 02:30

Paul Horgan arrives at Cork District Court yesterday before being charged with the murder of his mother, Marian, at the family home in Montenotte
Paul Horgan arrives at Cork District Court yesterday before being charged with the murder of his mother, Marian, at the family home in Montenotte

A young man was charged with the murder of his mother after a stabbing in their family home.

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Paul Horgan (25) appeared before a four-minute hearing of Cork District Court charged with the murder of Marian Horgan (60), at Murmount Avenue, Montenotte in Cork, shortly before 8am last Monday.

The legal secretary suffered fatal injuries in the kitchen of the family's semi-detached home in the quiet residential area off the Old Youghal Road.

Gardaí launched a murder inquiry and Paul Horgan of Murmount Avenue, Montenotte, Cork, was detained.

He was taken to Mayfield Garda Station for questioning.

Det Garda Mark Durkan said that, on the instructions of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Horgan was charged with the murder at Mayfield Garda Station on Tuesday evening.

He said that, after being cautioned and charged, the young man made no reply.

The accused, who appeared in court wearing a white shirt, kept his head bowed throughout.

Studying

Judge Leo Malone was told that the 25-year-old is a student, currently studying IT at Cork College of Commerce.

The young man did not speak throughout the hearing.

Because the charge involved is murder, any bail application must now be dealt with by the High Court.

Judge Malone remanded him in custody to appear again before Cork District Court on Tuesday next. He also approved free legal aid for the defendant in light of his financial circumstances.

Judge Malone also confirmed a request from defence counsel, Diarmuid Kelleher, for Mr Horgan to be given a psychiatric assessment while in custody.

Ms Horgan's funeral details have yet to be confirmed.

The mother of three was known for her love of sports and fitness.

She was regularly seen out jogging around the Mayfield and Montenotte areas and undertook the Cork Mini Marathon each year to raise money for various charitable causes.

Neighbours hailed her as a devoted mother and a staunch campaigner for both her community and local charities.

Ms Horgan was also very involved in the local ladies association.

She was also very proud of having graduated from University College Cork (UCC).

Both Ms Horgan and her husband, Billy Horgan, are from the Dillon's Cross/Montenotte areas.

Billy Horgan is known for his lifelong support of Brian Dillons GAA Club.

The couple have three adult children, including Paul Horgan and two daughters.

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