Wednesday 13 December 2017

Activist accused of murdering partner receiving treatment at Central Mental Hospital - court hears

Mercy Peters, inset Tyrone McKenna
Mercy Peters, inset Tyrone McKenna

Eimear Cotter

An activist accused of murdering her partner at his Dublin home is receiving ongoing treatment at the Central Mental Hospital, a court heard.

Mercy Peters (41) will not be in a position to come to court for between four to six weeks, her new solicitor Maura Kiely said.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the matter for one week to allow Ms Kiely take instructions from her client.

Ms Peters, who is originally from Sierra Leone, is charged with the murder of her partner Tyrone McKenna at his home at Marlay Court in Rathfarnham on July 17 last.

The couple had been involved in running a publication for refugees.

Mr McKenna’s body was discovered at his home by his father, Thomas, and a post-mortem examination confirmed he died from a stab wound.

Four weeks ago, Ms Peters was remanded in custody by a District Court judge who made an order that she was to receive immediate medical and psychiatric attention.

When the case came before Dublin District Court today, Ms Kiely said her client was not in court, and would not be in a position to come to court for between four to six weeks.

A letter from the Central Mental Hospital was handed into court, which was told that Ms Peters is receiving ongoing medical treatment.

Ms Kiely said she only recently came on record in the case and she had yet to take instructions from her client.

Judge Walsh adjourned the matter to August 28 to allow Ms Kiely speak to the accused.

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