Sunday 25 February 2018

Man (65) unfit to be tried for brother's killing

Cecil Tomkins
Cecil Tomkins

A 65-YEAR-OLD farmer with dementia and Parkinson's disease has been deemed unfit to stand trial for the murder of his older brother in 2010.

Cecil Tomkins is charged with murdering 66-year-old Walter Tomkins at their home in Cronlea, Shillelagh, Co Wicklow, on July 1 of that year.

When his case was called before the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Carney heard there was an issue about his fitness to stand trial.

His barrister, John O'Kelly SC, said his client had been suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease for a number of years.

He said Mr Tomkins also had depression and dementia and lacked the capacity to make any decision.

Mr Justice Paul Carney said that the accused came within the applicable section of the Criminal Law Insanity Act.

He directed that the proceedings be adjourned until further order.

Irish Independent

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