Friday 23 February 2018

Lorry driver to go on trial for murder of Aoife Phelan

Aoife Phelan
Aoife Phelan

Tom Tuite

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

Robert Corbet (24), of Sheffield Cross, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois had said “no” when he was charged in November. He has been 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 last.

Two days later Mr Corbet had been remanded in custody following a brief hearing at Portlaoise District Court. An order was also made that he was to receive psychiatric treatment during his remand in custody.

Mr Corbet, whose haulage business is being wound up, appeared again today at Cloverhill District Court before Judge Grainne Malone where he served with a book of evidence.

Judge Malone then 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 Aoife Phelan who was from Ballyroan in Co. Laois.

He was released without charge shortly before midnight on Tuesday, November 6 last.

But after Aoife’s body was discovered following a dig at Timahoe Road the next day, he was re-arrested and charged.

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