Wednesday 13 November 2019

Man charged with boy's murder to be 'assessed'


(stock photo)
(stock photo)

David Raleigh

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of schoolboy Brooklyn Colbert (11).

Patrick Dillon (26), of Dalgaish Park, Moyross, Co Limerick, appeared before Limerick District Court and was charged with murder.

Mr Dillon is alleged to have murdered the boy at a house on Shanabooley Road, Ballynanty, Limerick, last Sunday.

Details about the boy's injuries were not disclosed. More than 30 gardaí flanked the accused in court.

Several people in the court made gestures to Mr Dillon during the brief hearing, and banged benches.

The victim's father, Wayne Colbert, a well-known Limerick soccer player, was present in court.

Det-Garda Eoin McDonagh, of Mayorstone garda station, gave evidence in court of arresting Mr Dillon, and with charging him at 6.12pm on Thursday.

The Garda witness said Mr Dillon "made no reply" to the charge.

Julianne Kiely, of Kiely McCarthy Solicitors, represented the accused and sought to have the matter adjourned. She requested that Mr Dillon receive "psychiatric treatment as soon as possible".

Judge Marian O'Leary ordered that Mr Dillon be "medically assessed". He was remanded in custody to Limerick Prison to appear on November 12 via video link.

Irish Independent

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