Wednesday 20 November 2019

Man charged with murder of his mother (65)

Fionn Braidwood, who is accused of the murder of his mother Jane Braidwood (inset), being led into court yesterday
Fionn Braidwood, who is accused of the murder of his mother Jane Braidwood (inset), being led into court yesterday
Fionn Braidwood pictured at Dun Laoghaire District Court this morning,where he was charged with the murder of his mother Jane Braidwood.
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A 30-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murdering his mother at her south Dublin home.

Fionn Braidwood is charged with the murder of Jane Braidwood (65) at the family home in Dún Laoghaire on Tuesday evening this week.

His solicitor, Ronnie Lynam, told the court this was a "very difficult time for this gentleman" and he asked the judge to order a psychiatric assessment. He said "a fitness-to-plead issue" should also be covered.

Yesterday morning, in Dún Laoghaire District Court, Judge Anne Watkin remanded Mr Braidwood in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on January 29.

The accused must apply to the High Court for bail on a murder charge.

The judge also ordered a psychiatric assessment of Mr Braidwood to include an assessment of his fitness to stand trial.

Mr Braidwood's mother, Jane, who worked as a mental health professional, died following an incident at her home at Clarinda Park East.

The mother of three was taken to St Vincent's Hospital by ambulance, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Detective Sergeant Don Griffin said Mr Braidwood was arrested on January 21 at Dún Laoghaire Garda Station and charged with murder at 6pm.

Legal aid

Sgt Griffin said that in reply to the charge after caution, Mr Braidwood said: "No".

The court heard that Mr Braidwood is not working and is on social welfare, and Judge Watkin assigned solicitor Mr Lynam on free legal aid.

Mr Braidwood, who was wearing pale grey tracksuit bottoms and a navy sweatshirt, did not address the court during the short hearing.

Irish Independent

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