A DAD-of-three who served in the defence forces has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman discovered in a bog near her home.
Jimmy Devanney (63) faced a special sitting of Athlone District Court in Co Westmeath yesterday charged with the murder of Marie Greene (37).
Gardai uncovered a body in bogland on the Mullingar road on the outskirts of Athlone early yesterday morning.
State pathologist Marie Cassidy arrived at the scene where she carried out a preliminary post-mortem.
Officers had not yet officially confirmed that the body found in bog was Ms Greene. However, the remains were expected to be positively identified at Mullingar General Hospital by late last night.
Judge David Anderson heard how Mr Devanney was arrested at 7.55am on Monday at his home at Millbrook Avenue, Monksland, Athlone.
He was held at Athlone garda station until he appeared in court shortly before 6pm yesterday charged with the murder of Ms Greene at Tully Cross, Moydrum, Athlone, on February 13.
Up to 100 people had gathered on Pearse Street in Athlone when Mr Devanney was led into the courthouse. He wore a hoody covering his face as he was escorted into the courtroom where some of his family members were sitting.
Det Sgt Eamon Curley said the accused had "nothing to say" when charged with the alleged offence yesterday.
Supt Aidan Glacken applied to the court to remand Mr Devanney in custody to Cloverhill District Court for March 1.
Defence solicitor Tony McLynn said he had no questions for Det Sgt Curley. He did not apply for bail but he applied for legal aid for the accused. He explained that Mr Devanney was retired from the army and had a pension of €300 per week.
Mr Devanney stood at the back of the court throughout the hearing which lasted less than five minutes.
The grey-haired man remained silent, with one arm folded and the other covering his mouth with his hand. He looked weary -- and had puffy eyes.
Judge Anderson remanded the defendant in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court again next week.
There was a heavy garda presence as he was escorted out of the courtroom.