Teen murder charge
A 16-YEAR-old schoolboy appeared briefly in court yesterday charged with the murder of a teenager.
The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested by gardaí in Claremorris, Co. Mayo, at 7.35am yesterday and conveyed to the local Garda Station where he was later charged with the murder of Dovydas Jenkas (17), Claremount Manor, Claremorris, on December 19.
Sergeant James Carroll told Judge Mary Devins at a special court sitting in Castlebar that when he charged the accused at 11.10am he replied, "Nothing to say."
The accused was in the company of his mother when charged, Detective Sgt Carroll said.
Judge Devins remanded the accused in custody at Osberstown House to appear again at Ballina District Court on Friday next, April 8.
Mother laid to rest
A YOUNG mother who died following childbirth had an "unconditional" love for her family, her funeral has heard.
Tracy Campbell Fitzpatrick died shortly after delivering her third son, Max, on Easter Monday.
Yesterday, a photo of her newborn son was carried to the altar by her husband Bernard.
In a message read on his behalf, he told mourners that "from the moment I first laid eyes on Tracy my life was never the same."
In the message read at St Anne's Church in the deceased woman's home village of Shanvaghera, Knock, Co. Mayo, the young widower described his late wife's love as "unconditional", adding that she had "a get-up-and-go attitude to life".
"Friend, wife, mother, I will love you always," the message concluded.
Ms Fitzpatrick, who lived with her husband Bernard and children Jamie and Adam, in Nurney, Co. Carlow, died at St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny, after giving birth to a healthy baby boy.
Mourners were led by her husband, sons Jamie and Adam, parents James and Pauline, siblings Alan, Amanda, Paula and Diane and grandmother, Rita.
An internal inquiry is under way into the 36-year-old's death at St Luke's Hospital.