Thursday 14 November 2019

Man (26) says 'sorry' as he's charged with killing brothers

Greg Harkin

A 26-YEAR-OLD man accused of the murders of two pensioner brothers has said he is "sorry" for what he has done.

Alan Cawley was placed on suicide watch in prison on the orders of a judge.

Mr Cawley, of Four Winds, Corrimbla South, Ballina, Co Mayo, wept throughout a brief court appearance at Swinford District Court.

His father Frank and mother Noelle looked distraught as they sat at the back of the court and Mrs Cawley cried throughout the hearing yesterday morning.

Mr Cawley was charged with the murders of Jack Blaine (76) and his brother Tom (69) at their home on New Antrim Street, Castlebar, on July 10.


Det Sgt Gary Walsh told the court that at 1.08am yesterday at Castlebar garda station Mr Cawley made no reply in relation to the first murder charge, but replied to the second charge: "I am sorry for the all the torture I have put everyone through."

Niamh Bambury, defending, asked Judge Mary Devins to have her client placed on suicide watch.

Judge Devins remanded Mr Cawley in court to appear before Harristown District Court on July 19.

She also ordered that Mr Cawley be given "immediate psychiatric care".

Relatives of the dead brothers sat at the back of the court throughout the hearing.

Mr Cawley, dressed in a salmon-pink hoodie, grey tracksuit bottoms and blue trainers, sat with his head bowed throughout the five-minute hearing.

He was jeered as he was taken into court and a much larger crowd had gathered when he was led to a waiting garda car after the hearing.

Gardai were forced to stop traffic in the centre of the Co Mayo town, with many of those in the crowd roaring abuse at the accused.

Meanwhile, funeral arrangements were being finalised last night for the Blaine brothers.

The remains of Jack and Tom will repose at Thomas Street funeral home from 4pm on Sunday, with removal to the Church of the Holy Rosary in Castlebar at 7pm. Requiem Mass is on Monday at 11am with burial afterwards at Castlebar New Cemetery.

Paul Dunne, a cousin of the dead men, said: "I'm hoping we can have the funeral at the weekend and we will lay the boys to rest with their mother Delia at New Cemetery in Castlebar."

Irish Independent

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