Thursday 22 March 2018

Angry scenes as man (58) is charged with gran's murder

Distraught relatives of Mary Dargan outside court yesterday, where a man was charged with her murder.
Distraught relatives of Mary Dargan outside court yesterday, where a man was charged with her murder.
Karina Dargan, daughter of the late Mary Dargan
Gardai taking body of Mary Dargan (inset) from scene of shooting in Killinarden Estate, Tallaght. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Brian Byrne

People in the public gallery of a courtroom shouted accusations as a man was charged with the murder of grandmother Mary Dargan.

James Redmond (58), a neighbour of Ms Dargan (66), was charged with her murder at a Dublin District Court hearing yesterday.

He was also charged with the attempted murder of Ms Dargan's 27-year-old daughter Karina Dargan following a gun attack on the family home in Tallaght on Saturday.

Ms Dargan died after an attack in her home in the Killinarden Estate in Tallaght on Saturday afternoon.


She was shot in the head with a rifle and died instantly.

Her daughter Karina was also injured, with a bullet grazing the side of her head.

Several members of the public leapt from their seats and shouted accusations at Mr Redmond as he was led into the courtroom.

One woman had to be removed from the court, while another man had to be restrained after he attempted to jump over his seat to reach the accused.

Mr Redmond had to be temporarily taken from the courtroom as the people in the public gallery were ordered to remain in their seats.

The court heard that Mr Redmond did not respond when he was charged with murder and attempted murder at Tallaght garda station.

He appeared disengaged throughout the short two-minute hearing.

Mr Redmond had a visible gash above his left eyebrow and was wearing a large bandage on top of his head.

He wore a blue hoody, jeans and white runners.

He was treated in St James's Hospital for minor injuries and was released from hospital late on Saturday night before he was detained for questioning under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

The accused, who was granted legal aid, was remanded in custody by Mr Justice John Coughlan and is due to appear again at Cloverhill District Court on Friday.

Defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan asked for a court order that Mr Redmond, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, is to be psychologically assessed.

Judge Coughlan agreed to make that direction.

Mr Redmond, of Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, Co Dublin, was subject to heckling from the public gallery as he was led away from the court.

Irish Independent

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