Sunday 19 January 2020

Man charged with murder in mother of one's stabbing death

Lisa Deeney and Edel Kennedy

A man appeared in Naas District Court yesterday charged with the murder of a woman in Athy, Co Kildare, two days ago.

Michael McDonald (48), of Barnhill Road, Castledermot, Co Kildare, was remanded in custody to Cloverhill District Court next Thursday.

He was charged with the murder of Breda Cummins (31) at her home at Michael Dooley Terrace, Athy, on May 13.

He was also charged under Section Three of the Non-Fatal Offences Against The Person Act with an assault on John Lawlor (31), of Pearse Terrace, Castledermot, on the same date.

Detective Sergeant Sean Boland told the court that Mr McDonald was arrested yesterday afternoon at Kildare Garda Station and made no reply to the charges.

Garda Inspector Kevin Lavelle made an application to remand the defendant in custody.

Paul Cunningham, solicitor for the defendant, said his client was not making a matter of, or an application regarding, bail. He did raise four issues before Judge John Lindsay.

He said Mr McDonald had been recently diagnosed with tuberculosis and Mr Cunningham sought medical attention for him from the Prison Service.

The court was told Mr McDonald had an alcohol problem and had not consumed a drink since his arrest.

In addition, Mr Cunningham said his client had "mental health issues". He sought medical attention for both of these issues from the Prison Service.


He said his client had misplaced his glasses over the previous days and was looking for a replacement pair from the Prison Service. The judge said the medical attention offered by the Prison Service would deal with the issues.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed yesterday that reports that Ms Cummins, a mother of a 13-year-old boy, had been pregnant at the time of her death were incorrect.

Originally from Celbridge, she had moved into her home in Athy a few weeks ago.

Her remains were taken to Naas General Hospital where a post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday. Her body is expected to be released to her family for burial next week.

Irish Independent

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