Sunday 18 February 2018

Man to appear in court charged in connection with murder of mother-of-three

Nicola Collins
Nicola Collins

A man arrested a man in connection with the murder of mother-of-three Nicola Collins will appear in court this afternoon.

Ms Collins (38) died at property on Popham's Road, Farranree Co Cork at 3am on March 27.

Ms Collins suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her death was treated as suspicious and gardaí subsequently upgraded their probe to a murder investigation.

Ms Collins was living at Clashduv Road, Togher, Co Cork, at the time of her death.

However, she was originally from Tralee, Co Kerry.

A man was arrested on Tuesday and detained under the provisions of Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act at Mayfield Garda Station.

He is scheduled to appear before a sitting of Cork District Court today charged in relation to the investigation. It is the third arrest as part of the investigation.

Ms Collins's funeral took place in her hometown of Tralee on April 4. At her requiem Mass, the parish priest of St Brendan's, Fr Padraig Walsh, spoke of the "dreadful reality" of increased violence in Irish society.

Her sister Carly also told mourners of Nicola's struggle with life, of her unfair share of suffering, her tendency to be hard on herself and her honesty and humour.

Ms Collins was survived by her parents Kay and Michael, and her three sons Nick, Adam and Michael. She was laid to rest at Rath Cemetery in Tralee.

Anyone with information is asked to contact gardaí at Mayfield on 021-4558510.

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