Monday 19 February 2018

Son (20) remanded in custody over murder of his mother

Patrick Dunne outside court yesterday and, inset, his mother Susan
Patrick Dunne outside court yesterday and, inset, his mother Susan
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

A YOUNG man charged with murdering his mother has been remanded in custody.

Patrick Dunne (20), of Ballingeragh, Lixnaw, Co Kerry, was charged with the murder of Susan Dunne (53) at Ballingeragh, Lixnaw, on or about November 27.

He was brought before Killarney District Court yesterday morning charged with the offence.

Judge Olann Kelleher remanded him in custody to St Patrick's Institution to appear again before Listowel District Court on Wednesday morning.

Det Sgt John Heaslip said he arrested the accused at Listowel garda station on Thursday evening and charged and cautioned him at around 9pm. Mr Dunne made no reply to the charge.

Wearing a green jumper and grey shirt over navy trousers, the accused was brought to court by gardai and sat next to a plainclothes female garda during the short hearing.

Defending solicitor Patrick Enright said he would be making an immediate application for bail to the High Court.

AUTISM

Mr Enright said his client had been in the "special needs system" for a number of years and that he had been in contact with the Health Service Executive regarding the provision of services for Mr Dunne if he were released on bail.

He also asked the court that Mr Dunne receive any medical attention he required while in custody and that the court take note of his special needs.

He also applied for legal aid, saying Mr Dunne was in receipt of disability allowance.

Remanding the accused in custody, Judge Kelleher that he was to receive any necessary treatment he required.

Mr Dunne's father Bill Dunne was in court for the hearing as were members of Kerry Autism Action, who sat in the public gallery throughout.

Afterwards they were given an opportunity to speak to him during which he asked for sweets, particularly the sour ones he liked.

As he was led from the court to the waiting unmarked garda car, he held the hand of the female garda who had sat next to him inside.

Parents from the Kerry Autism Action comforted each other outside the courthouse while they waited for him to emerge.

And as the garda car was driven away, two mothers stood on the pavement waving him off.

Irish Independent

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