A MAN and a woman have been charged with the murder of a middle-aged father whose body was discovered in his Cork home after relatives became concerned about him.
Helen Jones (52) and Keith O'Hara (41) were charged before Cork District Court with the murder of Paul Jones (55) whose body was found in a rented house on the Bandon Road in Cork last September. Ms Jones is the sister of the deceased.
Both Ms Jones and Mr O'Hara had addresses at Cahergal Avenue, Mayfield in Cork.
Mr Jones was found dead in the living room of his home on September 7 after emergency services gained entry to the property.
His teenage son raised the alarm after being unable to contact his father.
Although the body was found on Saturday, Mr Jones was last seen on Tuesday of the previous week.
Det Garda Myles Moran gave evidence of the arrest, caution and charge of Helen Jones.
He told Judge Olann Kelleher she made no reply to the murder charge when it was formally put to her.
Det Garda Maurice O’Connor gave evidence of the arrest, caution and charge of Mr O’Hara.
He made no reply when the same charge was formally put to him after caution.
Ms Jones was previously charged with aggravated burglary at Mr Jones’s house on Bandon Road on September 4 and that she had a knife with her at the time.
Mr O’Hara was charged with a single count of entering as a trespasser the home of Mr Jones at Bandon Road in Cork on September 4 with intent to commit an assault causing harm.
Judge Kelleher was told last week by Sgt Gearoid Davis that gardai have received the Director of Public Prosecution’s instructions in the case.
Sgt John Kelleher confirmed that books of evidence were now being prepared for both accused.
Ms Jones and Mr O’Hara will be sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court.
As a murder charge is involved, bail can only be dealt with by the High Court.
Judge Kelleher remanded both to appear again by video-link before Cork District Court on March 2.
Paul Jones had lived on the Bandon Road for a number of years but was originally from the Cahergal Avenue area of Mayfield.