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The scene of the stabbing at Brownsbarn Wood, Kingswood, Dublin 24. Photo: Collins

The scene of the stabbing at Brownsbarn Wood, Kingswood, Dublin 24. Photo: Collins

Colin Keegan

The scene of the stabbing at Brownsbarn Wood, Kingswood, Dublin 24. Photo: Collins

A woman has appeared in court charged with the murder of a father of three in west Dublin.

Christina Anderson (38), a mother of three, was remanded in custody after being brought before Dublin District Court yesterday afternoon.

She is accused of the murder of Gareth Kelly (39) at Brownsbarn Wood, Kingswood, Dublin 24, on Tuesday.

Detective Sergeant Dara Kenny, of Clondalkin garda station, gave evidence of arresting Ms Anderson for the purpose of charging her at 2.10pm yesterday.

When the charge was put to her she made no reply, the court heard.

Ms Anderson, wearing a navy top and dark bottoms, did not speak during the brief hearing and held her head in her hands.

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Stabbed: Gareth Kelly (39) was a father of three

Stabbed: Gareth Kelly (39) was a father of three

Stabbed: Gareth Kelly (39) was a father of three

She was brought to court by five prison officers.

Her solicitor, Michael Kelleher, made an application for her to be psychiatrically and medically assessed while in custody.

Judge Colin Daly acceded to the requests and also asked for her to be psychiatrically examined for the court.

Ms Anderson, with an address at Brownsbarn Wood, was remanded in custody.

She will appear before the court again next Wednesday, March 4.

Mr Kelly, a father of three, died after being stabbed outside a property at around 7am on Tuesday.

Mr Kelly left his partner's home to go to work.

But his car would not start and he was trying to jump-start the vehicle when he was attacked.

His Skoda was examined at the scene before it was removed for further investigations.

"An Garda Síochána is investigating all the circumstances surrounding the fatal stabbing as there is no known motive at this time," a Garda spokeswoman previously said.

She added that gardaí were appealing to anyone who was in the Brownsbarn Estate and Kingswood area between the hours of 6am and 7am on Tuesday morning to contact them.

"Gardaí are particularly appealing to road users who may have camera footage," she added.

Irish Independent