Monday 23 October 2017

Murder accused told gardaí 'it was self defence'

Man charged with murdering woman whose remains were scattered in mountains

Garda technical team at the home of Patricia O’Connor. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Garda technical team at the home of Patricia O’Connor. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Eimear Cotter

A man told gardaí that "it was self defence" after he was charged with the murder of his girlfriend's mother.

Kieran Green (32) is alleged to have murdered Patricia O'Connor (61), mother of his partner Louise.

Ms O'Connor's dismembered remains were found scattered across a 30km area of the Wicklow mountains earlier this week.

The charge alleges that the Dublin grandmother was killed at the end of May. 

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded Mr Green in custody on the charge.

He will appear via videolink at Cloverhill District Court next Thursday morning.

Mr Green must apply to the High Court for bail on a murder charge.

The accused, with an address at Mountain View Park in Churchtown, was brought by detectives before Tallaght District Court yesterday morning, charged with the murder of Ms O'Connor.

The killing allegedly took place at Mountain View Park in Churchtown at a time unknown between May 29 and May 30 last.

Detective Garda David Connolly said that Mr Green was arrested at Bray Garda station and he was later charged, in his presence, at 11.28am yesterday by Garda Ross Callaghan. 

Gda Connolly said that Mr Green was handed a true copy of the charge sheet.

Gda Connolly said that in reply to the charge, after caution, Mr Green said "it was self-defence".

Ms O'Connor, a mother of two and a grandmother, worked as a chef in a south Dublin hospital.

She was first reported missing on June 2.

At the time her disappearance was not considered suspicious.

Nine separate human remains were discovered scattered in a 30km area across the Wicklow mountains in the past number of days

They included a human head and arms which were in a plastic bag.

A family initially discovered part of the torso in a plastic bag near Military Road last Saturday and a major Garda investigation was launched.

Those areas remained sealed off yesterday and Garda searches are continuing in the surrounding area.

Judge McNamara noted that due to the seriousness of the charge there was no question of bail being granted in the District Court.

Defence solicitor Patrick McNeice asked that Mr Green receive medical attention while in custody.

Judge McNamara said she would note the request for medical assistance on the charge sheet but that decision was for the prison authorities.

Mr McNeice applied for free legal aid.

The court heard that Mr Green was not working, and that he has an adult and four children as dependants.

Judge McNamara assigned Mr McNeice under the free legal aid scheme.

The dark-haired accused was unshaven.

He was wearing a grey hoodie top, and wore navy tracksuit bottoms.

He stood in the court dock but kept his head bowed during the court proceedings.

He also did not address the court during the short hearing.

Irish Independent

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