Wednesday 21 August 2019

Man (25) charged with murder of mother after stabbing at family home

Paul Horgan (25)
Paul Horgan (25)

Ralph Riegel

A YOUNG man was today charged with the murder of his mother after a stabbing in their family home.

Paul Horgan (25) appeared before Cork District Court charged with the murder of his mother, Marian Horgan (60), at Murmount Avenue, Montenotte in Cork shortly before 8am last Monday (November 23).

Ms Horgan suffered fatal stab injuries in the kitchen of the family's semi-detached home in the quiet residential area off the Old Youghal Road.

Despite frantic efforts by paramedics to save her, she was pronounced dead at the scene before she could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

A post mortem examination at CUH by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster confirmed that Ms Horgan died from multiple stab injuries.

Gardai launched a murder inquiry and Paul Horgan of Murmount Avenue, Montenotte, Cork was detained at the scene.

He was taken to Mayfield Garda Station for questioning.

Det Garda Mark Durkan said that, on the instructions of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Horgan was charged with the murder at Mayfield Garda Station last evening.

He said that, after being cautioned and charged, the young man made no reply.

The accused, who appeared in court wearing a white shirt and blue denims, kept his head bowed throughout the brief court hearing.

Judge Leo Malone was told that the 25 year old is a student.

He is currently studying IT at Cork College of Commerce.

The young man did not speak during the brief court hearing and kept his head bowed throughout.

Because the charge involved is murder, any bail application must now be dealt with by the High Court.

Judge Malone remanded him in custody to appear again before Cork District Court on Tuesday next (December 1).

He also approved free legal aid for the defendant in light of his financial circumstances.

Judge Malone also confirmed a request from defence counsel, Diarmuid Kelleher, for Mr Horgan to be given a psychiatric assessment while in custody.

Ms Horgan's funeral details have yet to be confirmed.

A legal secretary, the mother of three was known for her love of sports and fitness.

She was regularly seen out jogging around the Mayfield and Montenotte areas and undertook the Cork Mini-Marathon each year to raise money for various charitable causes.

Ms Horgan was also very involved in the local ladies association and community organisations.

She was also very proud of having graduated from University College Cork (UCC).

Both Ms Horgan and her husband, Billy Horgan, are from the Dillon's Cross/Montenotte areas.

The couple have three adult children including Paul Horgan and two daughters.

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