Murder accused being mentally assessed
A MAN charged with murdering an elderly hospital patient is still being assessed, a court heard yesterday.
Ian Harman (47), of Carrickallen, Mountain Lodge, Cootehill, Co Cavan, was charged with the murder of 82-year-old Michael Treanor.
The alleged incident took place at the psychiatric unit of Cavan General Hospital on June 27.
His solicitor, Damien Rudden, informed Judge Denis McLoughlin at Virginia District Court, Co Cavan, yesterday, that his client was not in court because he was still being assessed.
Garda Inspector Martin Beggy said they were seeking a remand in custody.
The late Mr Treanor, of Davagh, Carrickroe, and the defendant were patients in the hospital.
Mr Harman was remanded in custody and ordered to appear at Harristown District Court on Friday, July 15.