Sunday 25 February 2018

Man charged with murder of his partner Des Sullivan at their Dublin home

Summerville Park, Rathmines, Dublin. Photo: Collins
Summerville Park, Rathmines, Dublin. Photo: Collins

Andrew Phelan

A DUBLIN man has appeared in court charged with murdering his partner who was found dead in their home in the south of the city.

Desmond Duffy (68) was remanded in custody after he was arrested and charged with killing Des Sullivan (59), whose body was found at the house in Rathmines earlier this year.

He had sustained serious neck injuries.

Dublin District Court heard Mr Sullivan told gardai he was “not guilty” when arrested and charged.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case to tomorrow.

Mr Duffy is charged with murdering Mr Sullivan at their home at Summerville Park, Rathmines on May 23 last.

This morning, Detective Inspector George McGeary of Terenure Station told Judge Walsh he arrested the accused at his home at 7.40am today.

He was brought to Rathmines Garda Station, where he was chargd at 8.20am. He was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

His reply after caution was: “Nothing to say until I speak to my solicitor. Not guilty,” Det Insp McGeary said.

Defence solicitor Anarine McAllister asked Judge Walsh to adjourn the case to tomorrow.

There was no bail application as bail can not be granted on a murder charge in the district court.

Ms McAllister applied for free legal aid on Mr Duffy’s behalf and handed a statement of his financial means in to court.

Det Insp McGeary said there was no garda objeciton to legal aid. Judge Walsh granted legal aid and assigned solicitor Michael Staines.

He remanded Mr Duffy in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court tomorrow morning.

The accused, wearing a cream and black anorak, check shirt, blue jeans and black shoes remained silent throughout the brief hearing.

“Thank you, Judge, I’m much obliged,” Ms McAllister said.

Mr Sullivan was discovered in an unresponsive state at his home off the Upper Rathmines Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Sullivan had previously worked in a local charity shop.

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