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Murder accused said he was sorry, court told

A MARRIED man charged with the murder of a woman whose body was washed up on a beach apologised to gardai for what happened, a court was told yesterday.

Colm Deely (39), of School Road, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, was brought by gardai to a special sitting of Ennis District Court yesterday morning.

Judge Joseph Mangan heard that Mr Deely was charged with the murder of Deirdre McCarthy (43) at an unknown place in Co Clare on or around March 28.

Det Thomas Molloy of Ennistymon garda station said the defendant replied when charged: "I'm very sorry for what happened."

Mr Deely, who was wearing a plaster over his left wrist, remained silent throughout the hearing and sat with his hands clenched between his legs.

Supt Colm O'Sullivan asked that the accused man be remanded in custody to appear before the court again next Wednesday.

Solicitor Gearoid Geraghty made an application for legal aid on behalf of Mr Deely.

He said the defendant was a married man with two young children and was on a part-time FAS course three days a week.


Mr Geraghty said the defendant was "not a man of means" and would qualify for legal aid.

Judge Mangan remanded the accused man in custody to appear before Ennistymon District Court -- sitting in Kilrush, Co Clare -- on April 13 next.

Members of the defendant's family and relatives of Deirdre McCarthy sat on either side of the courtroom during the brief hearing.

The body of Ms McCarthy from Turlough House, Ballyvaughan, was found at Fanore beach, Co Clare, on March 31, three days after she was reported missing from her home.

She was last seen alive on March 27 around 11.30pm after a night socialising in her local village.

The alarm was raised by her family the following day.

Ms McCarthy's funeral took place last Tuesday.

Irish Independent