Monday 17 December 2018

Second man charged with 2005 murder

Irene White was stabbed 34 times in her throat
Irene White was stabbed 34 times in her throat
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A man has been charged with the murder of mother-of-three Irene White in Dundalk in April 2005.

Niall Power (45), a married father of four, from Gyles Quay, Dundalk, was brought before the District Court having been arrested at Dundalk garda station on Wednesday night.

Detective Sergeant Mick Sheridan told Judge John Coughlan he charged Mr Power at 11.07pm on Wednesday and Mr Power had made no reply.

Mr Power, dressed in dark clothing and wearing glasses, was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court via video link on February 8.

He was granted free legal aid.

On Monday another man, Anthony Lambe (34), from Annadrumman, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan, was sentenced to life for murder for the same crime.

He pleaded guilty at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.

Members of Irene White's family were present in the courtroom yesterday while Power was being charged.

While her husband Alan White was in court on Monday to see Lambe being sentenced he was not present in Dundalk courthouse while Power was charged.

On Monday, the court heard that Lambe stabbed Ms White "in a frenzy" 34 times before cutting her throat.

He said a prayer over her body when he realised what he had done, the Central Criminal Court was told.

The court heard Lambe was asked by an individual on behalf of another person to kill Ms White and he received a relatively small sum of money.

The person who approached him also gave him details of the layout of Ms White's home and her movements.

The court heard at the time of the murder Lambe was "in a very bad place", in debt and had taken a "cocktail of drink, ecstasy and cocaine".

When interviewed by detectives, Lambe broke down in tears, and he told them he had "committed so evil and vile an act that it would haunt him until the day he died".

In her victim impact statement, Ms White's daughter Jennifer said her mother was "great fun", "the life and soul of the party" and had an "infectious laugh".

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy imposed the mandatory life sentence.

Irish Independent

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