Monday 16 July 2018

Husband appears in wheelchair as he's charged with Joanne's murder

Keith Lee leaves the Criminal Courts of Justice following a special sitting yesterday after he was charged with the murder of estranged wife Joanne Ball Photo: Collins
Keith Lee leaves the Criminal Courts of Justice following a special sitting yesterday after he was charged with the murder of estranged wife Joanne Ball Photo: Collins
Joanne Ball
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The estranged husband of a woman who was found dead in a wardrobe in a Dublin flat last month has been charged with her murder.

Keith Lee (42) appeared at a special sitting of Dublin District Court in the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday morning charged in relation to the death of Joanne Ball (38) last month.

Her body was found in a wardrobe in a flat in Ranelagh after gardaí had been informed that she had gone missing.

Mr Lee wheeled himself into the court in a wheelchair as three members of Ms Ball's family looked on from the body of the court.

Sergeant Jonathan Kelly of Irishtown Garda station gave evidence that Mr Lee was arrested at that station at 10.37pm on Saturday and charged with murder.

Mr Lee made no reply to the charge, Judge Grainne Malone was told.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Wednesday.

Dressed in a black jacket, light grey tracksuit bottoms with white stripes, and with both legs strapped up in black orthopaedic cast-like boots, Mr Lee shook slightly in the courtroom.

Looking gaunt and with an untidy beard, he lifted his left hand at one stage. His wrist could be seen to be bandaged.

He only spoke to confirm the name of his solicitor, Anarine McAllister of Michael Staines and Co. His solicitor applied for and was granted legal aid, and requested that her client be afforded medical attention if required.

After attending court, Mr Lee was driven from the court in the back of a wheelchair accessible taxi under Garda escort as no Garda vehicle was available to transport him in his wheelchair.

Irish Independent

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