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Thursday 2 October 2014

Violent scenes as man accused of murdering wife appears before court

Cormac McQuinn

Published 10/09/2013 | 20:44

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The scenes at Cavan courthouse this evening Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick

THERE were violent scenes as a man accused of murdering his estranged wife appeared in court this evening.

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Oliver Kierans (56), from Bailieborough, Co Cavan has been charged with murdering his wife of more than 30 years, Patricia Kierans (54).

Mr Kierans arrived at Cavan courthouse at about 6:20pm this evening.

The unmarked Garda car carrying him was immediately set upon by an angry group of onlookers, mainly women, who jostled him and Gardai, as they made their way to the courthouse doors.

Kierans cowered as blows were thrown and abuse shouted at him before being ushered inside.

The hearing started just after 7pm with members of Patricia’s family in attendance as well as the couple’s four children Shane, Ollie Jnr, Gerard and Julie.

Mr Kierans, wearing glasses, jeans, a green jacket and blue chequed shirt, sat in the dock staring into space.

He had a cut above his right eye.

Judge Sean MacBride heard how Mr Kierans was arrested outside a pub in Bailiebrough Co Cavan at 3;20am on the morning for Friday September 6.

He had been barricaded into a pub in the town for the previous nine hours.

The judge was told how Mr Kierans was charged with murder at Bailieborough Garda Station this evening at 5:15 pm this evening.

The Court heard that Mr Kierans made no reply to the charge.

Mr Kierans was also charged with possession of a firearm contrary to the firearms act.

When that charge was put to him Gardai told the judge he responded: “not really. I have to speak to Joanne”, referring to his solicitor Joanne Kangley.

The suspect was remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison and to appear again in Harristown Court on Friday September 13.

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