A 30-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court charged in connection with the death of his mother at her south Dublin home on Tuesday evening.
Fionn Braidwood is charged with the murder of his mother Jane Braidwood (65) at the family home in Dun Laoghaire.
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.
Judge Anne Watkin remanded Mr Braidwood in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Thursday next, 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 in Dun Laoghaire on January 20.
The mother of three grown-up children was taken to St Vincent's Hospital by ambulance but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
This morning, Ms Braidwood's son Fionn appeared before Dun Laoghaire District Court charged with the murder of his mother at Clarinda Park East in Dun Laoghaire.
Detective Sergeant Don Griffin said Mr Braidwood was arrested at 5.27pm on January 21 at Dun Laoghaire Garda Station and charged at 6pm with murder.
Sgt Griffin said Mr Braidwood was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and in reply to the charge after caution he said "no".
The court heard that Mr Braidwood is not working and on social welfare and Judge Watkin assigned solicitor Ronnie Lynam on free legal aid.
Mr Lynam said 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 in the assessment.
Judge Watkin asked Mr Lynam if he was seeking "a comprehensive psychiatric assessment", and he said he was seeking such an assessment.
Judge Watkin remanded Mr Braidwood in custody for one week to appear before Cloverhill court on January 29. She also ordered a comprehensive psychiatric assessment.
Mr Braidwood, who was wearing pale grey tracksuit bottoms and a navy sweatshirt, did not address the court during the short hearing.