Wednesday 21 February 2018

Son in custody over father's murder to get medical help

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

A MAN charged with the murder of his father is to receive medical attention while in custody.

John Biggins (33), of Balynalty, Cross, Co Mayo, appeared in Ballina District Court yesterday where he was charged with the murder of his father Tom Biggins (71) at the family home on Sunday afternoon.

The court heard that John Biggins had been receiving medical attention over a number of years and had spent time as an in-patient in a medical facility.

Sean Foy, counsel for John Biggins, requested that his client obtain the "appropriate medical attention that is deemed necessary when in prison".

"He has received constant medical care over the last number of years both as an in-patient and continually as an out-patient at present," added Mr Foy.

John Biggins sat with members of his family and friends during the brief court appearance yesterday. As family and well-wishers entered the court they approached John Biggins and shook his hand before proceedings began.

Judge Denis McLoughlin remanded John Biggins in custody to next Friday, May 11, to appear at Harristown Court. He stipulated that the accused should receive the appropriate medical treatment while in custody.

Tom Biggins died after he sustained serious gunshot wounds at the family farm on Sunday afternoon. Gardai called to the farm house at about 2.15pm on Sunday, where they discovered Mr Biggins in a critical condition with serious injuries.

Irish Independent

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