Wednesday 19 September 2018

Irene White murder accused sent forward for trial

Irene White
Irene White

Tom Tuite

A FATHER-OF-FOUR charged with the murder of Irene White, who died after a stabbing at her home in Dundalk in 2005, has been sent forward for trial to the Central Criminal Court

Niall Power (45) of Gyles Quay, Riverstown in Dundalk, Co. Louth faced his sixth hearing when he appeared at Cloverhill District Court on Thursday.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and a book of evidence was served on him by Garda Sergeant Michael Sheridan.

Judge Victor Blake warned Mr Power that if he intended to rely on an alibi in his defence he must notify the prosecution within 14 days. Mr Power said “I do” when asked if he understood.

He was accompanied to his hearing by his solicitor Barry Callan and his father who has stood bail. There was no objection to him remaining on bail in his own bond of €200 with a €3,000 independent surety

Judge Blake told Mr Power that he was being returned for trial at the next term of the Central Criminal Court.

He has not yet indicated how he will plead.

He was granted legal aid, however, the date of his appearance before the Central Criminal Court has not yet been allocated.

Judge Blake told him he must abide by a number of conditions of bail: sign on three times a week at Dundalk Garda station, not apply for travel documents having already surrendered his passport, not leave the jurisdiction; reside at his address and abide by a 10pm – 8am curfew and be contactable at all times on a mobile phone.

The accused was originally charged and was remanded in custody on February 1 following an appearance at Dundalk District Court.

However, bail which had required an independent surety was later set by the High Court on March 6 last.

Ms White (43), a separated mother-of-three, was killed in the kitchen of her Co Louth home on April 6, 2005.

Her mother, Maureen McBride, found the deceased woman lying on the kitchen floor when she called into her house at lunchtime that day.

Mrs McBride lived in a mobile home in the garden and regularly dropped into her daughter's home.

Evidence of his arrest was given at his first hearing by Sergeant Sheridan who had said Mr Power had made no reply when charged with murder.

Ms White died of 34 stab wounds in the kitchen of her home, the Ice House, Demesne Road, Dundalk, on April 6, 2005. The case was reviewed by the garda cold case review team, and a public appeal for information about her death was made in 2016.

Mr Power is the second man to be brought before the courts over the death of Irene White.

PHD history student Anthony Lambe, 35, from Annadrumman, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan was charged in January 2017 with Ms White's murder and was jailed for life in January this year after pleading guilty at the Central Criminal Court.

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