A 34-year-old man was charged yesterday with the murder, nearly 12 years ago, of mother-of-three Irene White.
Mrs White's body was found at her home in Dundalk, Co Louth.
Anthony Lambe, a student, of Annadrumman, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, appeared before a special sitting of Dundalk District Court yesterday.
He was charged with the murder of Irene White on April 6, 2005 at Ice House, Demesne Road, Dundalk.
Garda Detective Inspector Pat Marry, of Dundalk, gave evidence of arresting him at 11.49am yesterday for the murder of Irene White and said that at 1.30pm he charged him with murder.
The court heard that in reply to the charge, the accused said: "I'm very sorry."
Garda Inspector Martin Beggy, of Dundalk said he was seeking a remand in custody to Cloverhill District Court.
Judge Denis McLoughlin said that due to the nature of the charge, bail was not an option in the district court.
The accused's solicitor asked that Lambe be given protective custody. Judge McLoughlin asked if there was a perceived threat, and Garda Inspector Marry replied, that he may be "a vulnerable person at this stage".
Lambe's solicitor also asked for legal aid.
Judge McLoughlin remanded Lambe in custody to Cloverhill District Court on Friday and recommended protective custody.
He also granted legal aid.