Sunday 25 February 2018

Lorry driver accused of nanny's murder faces trial

Tom Tuite

A LORRY driver accused of the murder of nanny Aoife Phelan in Co Laois in October last year has been served with a book of evidence and has been returned for trial.

Robert Corbet (24), of Sheffield Cross, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise, Co Laois, is 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.

Two days later, Mr Corbet was remanded in custody following a brief hearing at Portlaoise District Court.

Mr Corbet, whose haulage business is being wound up, appeared again yesterday at Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Grainne Malone made an order sending him forward for trial at the next term of the Central Criminal Court. The lorry driver was first arrested by gardai on Monday, November 5, in connection with the disappearance of Ms Phelan, who was from Ballyroan in Co Laois.

Irish Independent

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