Saturday 25 January 2020

Accused in Aoife case gets free legal aid

Tom Tuite

A LORRY driver accused of the murder of nanny Aoife Phelan has been granted free legal aid after a court heard that his haulage business is being wound up.

Robert Corbet (24), of Sheffield Cross, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois, appeared at Cloverhill District Court.

At his first court hearing there had been a garda objection to free legal aid on the grounds that Mr Corbet owns a haulage business.

Mr Corbet was further remanded in custody for four weeks. His next hearing will take place at Cloverhill District Court on December 13.

Mr Corbet was first arrested on November 5 in connection with the disappearance of Ms Phelan, who was from Ballyroan in Co Laois. He was released without charge but after Ms Phelan's body was discovered following a dig at Timahoe Road on November 7, he was re-arrested.

Irish Independent

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