Saturday 7 December 2019

Aoife Phelan murder accused further remanded

Tom Tuite

A LORRY driver accused of the murder of nanny Aoife Phelan in Co. Laois in October last year has been further remanded in custody for another four weeks.

Robert Corbet (24), of Sheffield Cross, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois had shook his head and said “no” when he was charged in November.

He has been accused of murdering the 30-year-old nanny at Capoley, Portlaoise, on October 25 , the date of her disappearance.

Her body was found concealed in a bin buried in a pit on the outskirts of the Co. Laois town on November 7 last.

Two days later Mr Corbet, who knew Ms Phelan, had been remanded in custody following a brief hearing at Portlaoise District Court. An order was also made that he was to receive psychiatric treatment during his remand in prison.

Mr Corbet, whose haulage business is being wound up, appeared again today at Cloverhill District Court before Judge Grainne Malone and was further remanded in custody to appear again on February 7 next.

The lorry driver was first arrested by Gardaí on Monday, November 5 in connection with the disappearance of Aoife Phelan who was from Ballyroan in Co. Laois.

He was released without charge shortly before midnight on Tuesday, November 6 last.

But after Aoife’s body was discovered following a dig at Timahoe Road the next day, he was re-arrested and charged.

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