Monday 18 December 2017

May he rest in peace: accused woman's reply when charged with man's murder

Maire Thornton
is led from Galway
District Court
Maire Thornton is led from Galway District Court yesterday

Brian McDonald

A WOMAN charged with murdering a man over the bank holiday weekend yesterday said she hopes he rests in peace.

Maire Thornton (30), of Apartment 1, 183 Upper Salthill, was taken before a sitting of Galway District Court yesterday after being charged with the murder of Kevin Joyce (59) at the same address on Sunday night.

Mr Joyce, from Rockmount Road, Highfield Park in Galway, died on a rooftop veranda at the apartment after being found by gardai in a collapsed state.

A subsequent post-mortem examination carried out by Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Khalid Jaber, revealed he died from multiple stab wounds.

In court yesterday, Garda Greg Fleming gave evidence of arresting Ms Thornton at Galway garda station on Monday night and charging her. The court was told that the accused woman had said "may he rest in peace" in reply.

Superintendent Noel Kelly applied to have her remanded in custody.

Judge Gerard Furlong said that because of the nature of the charge, he was not in a position to entertain an application for bail.

He granted an application for legal aid and remanded Ms Thornton in custody to appear at the Criminal Courts of Justice on August 9.

The judge also granted an application for an immediate psychiatric assessment of Ms Thornton to be carried out.

The accused woman did not speak during the hearing.

Irish Independent

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