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Man charged with murdering wife in samurai sword attack


Taxi driver William Eagers

Taxi driver William Eagers

Taxi driver William Eagers

A taxi driver has been charged with murdering his wife in a samurai sword attack at their Dublin home.

William Eagers (60) appeared in Dublin District Court charged with producing the sword and murdering his wife Jean (57), who died following an alleged assault last month. Judge Michael Walsh remanded him in custody after hearing Mr Eagers made no reply when the charge was put to him.

Jean Eagers, a mother of two, suffered fatal injuries inside her home at Willow Wood Grove, Hartstown, on June 21 and died at the scene.

Mr Eagers was arrested at the house on the day of the alleged murder.

However, he suffered injuries and was treated in hospital before he was discharged on Tuesday and detained by gardaĆ­ for questioning.

The weapons charge alleges that, while committing the offence of murder, in the course of a dispute, Mr Eagers produced an article capable of inflicting serious injury - a samurai sword.

Detective Sergeant Shane McCartan said he arrested the accused at 3.21pm yesterday at Blanchardstown garda station on foot of the directions of the DPP in respect of the murder of Jean Eagers.

The accused was charged in his presence, made no reply after caution and was handed a copy of the charge sheets.

No bail application was made on his behalf as bail can only be granted in the High Court on a murder charge. Defence solicitor Fiona Brennan sought an adjournment to Cloverhill District Court on July 7 and said there was consent to this.

Applying for free legal aid, she said the accused was in receipt of the Covid-19 payment but when he was working, he was a part-time taxi driver.

The judge granted legal aid after there was no Garda objection.

At Ms Brennan's request, he made a recommendation that the accused is medically assessed and provided with such medical treatment as deemed appropriate by a medical officer and the prison governor.

The accused, dressed in a dark grey jumper and blue jeans and wearing a blue surgical mask, looked around as he sat in court but remained silent throughout the brief proceedings.

Judge Walsh remanded Mr Eagers in custody for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Irish Independent