Sunday 19 November 2017

Man accused of murdering grandmother Patricia O'Connor further remanded in custody

Patricia O'Connor
Patricia O'Connor

Tom Tuite

A 32-YEAR-OLD man accused of murdering Dublin grandmother Patricia O’Connor, whose remains were found scattered across the Wicklow mountains, has been further remanded in custody.

Kieran Green, with an address at Mountain View Park in Rathfarnham, Dublin, faced his fifth hearing when he appeared again via video-link before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court on Thursday. Judge Blake remanded Mr Green in continuing custody to appear again at the same court via video-link on Oct. 26 next.

He is charged with the murder of Patricia O'Connor. The killing allegedly took place at Mountain View Park between May 29 and May 30 last. Directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions have been sought.

At his first court hearing, on June 15, Det Gda Connolly had said at 11.28 that morning, Mr Green was arrested at Bray Garda station. He replied “it was self-defence” to the charge after caution.

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He must apply to the High Court for bail on a murder charge and at his first hearing in June he had been remanded in custody to appear with an order for him to get medical attention.

He was also granted legal aid after the district court was told he was on social welfare and has an adult and four children as dependants.

Ms O'Connor (61) was first reported missing on June 2 last. Later, human remains were discovered scattered in a 30km area across the Wicklow mountains including a human head and arms in a plastic bag.

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Three people were arrested on Sept. 2 last as part of the investigation into the murder of Patricia O’Connor. A 73-year-old man was arrested in Co Meath and two women, aged 19 and 38, were arrested in Dublin.

The three were detained at Bray and Wicklow Garda stations under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 but were released the following day and files are to be prepared for DPP.

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