Monday 18 December 2017

Man charged with brother's murder sorry for 'putting everyone through this', court hears

Declan O Cualain appearing at Galway District Court. Photo: Andrew Downes.
Declan O Cualain appearing at Galway District Court. Photo: Andrew Downes.
Garda at the scene on a body find believed to that of Adrian Folan at a quarry just a few hundred meters from the Cliffs of Moher. Picture Noel Gavin/Press 22
The scene where the body of 41-year-old Adrian Folan (inset) was discovered
Adrian Folan
House in An Cheathru Rua (Carraroe) Co. Galway that has been sealed off by Gardai in connection with a missing man, Adrian Folan, who was last seen in Athlone. Photo:Andrew Downes
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A GALWAY man who admitted to killing his brother told gardai he was sorry for “putting everyone through this”.

Declan Ó Cualain (Folan) 40, with an address at Cuileán, An Ceathrú Rua, Co  Galway was charged with the murder of Adrian Folan (41) at Lislorkin North, Liscannor Co Clare on Friday July 4.

Detective Sergeant Paudi O’Shea of Salthill Garda Station gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution. He arrested Mr Ó Cualain at 6.22pm yesterday evening before formally charging him with murder at 6.55pm at Galway Garda Station.

Following the charge, Mr Ó Cualain replied: “I am guilty of that offence and I am sorry for putting everyone through this.”

Mr Ó Cualain did not speak throughout the four minute hearing at Galway District Court last evening. Dressed in a checked short-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and white runners he sat silently throughout.

Inspector Derek Gannon made an application on behalf of the State for the accused to be remanded in custody. Judge Mary Devins remanded the accused in custody to appear before Harristown District Court on Friday morning.

She granted legal aid to the single man after hearing that he was unemployed and undertaking a back to work scheme. Describing the charge as one of gravity and seriousness she acceded to the request for legal aid by defence solicitor Adrian McGlynn.

No application for bail was made. However Mr McGlynn requested that his client receive all necessary medical treatment while in custody.

He told the court that his client was currently on medication.  Judge Fahy directed that gardai retain his current medication and ordered that the the accused be seen by a doctor who could provide whatever medical attention was deemed necessary including any psychological assessment.

Mr Ó Cualain was remanded in custody to appear before Harristown District Court at 10.30am on Friday for further directions.

Mr Folan's body was found near Liscannor in Co Clare on Monday. He had been missing since last week. His family has appealed for privacy.

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