Monday 23 July 2018

Suspect charged with murder of mum-of-three in flat earlier this year

Cathal O’Sullivan pictured at Cork District Court. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited
Cathal O’Sullivan pictured at Cork District Court. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited

Olivia Kelleher

A man in his 40s has appeared in court charged with the murder of a mother-of-three who was found with head injuries at a flat on the northside of the city earlier this year.

Cathal O'Sullivan (44) was remanded in custody after he was charged with the murder of Nicola Collins at his flat on Popham's Road, Farranree, Cork, on March 27 last.

Det Sgt Kieran O'Sullivan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution. He told Judge David Waters, at Cork District Court, he arrested Mr O'Sullivan outside Mayfield garda station where he charged him with the murder of the 38-year-old.

Mr O'Sullivan stated "not guilty" when the charge was put to him after caution.

Free legal aid was granted in the case.

Gardaí raised no objection to the assigning of legal aid after an application was made for same by defence solicitor Joe Cuddigan.

Judge Waters remanded Mr O'Sullivan in custody to appear in court on August 30 next.

Ms Collins was living at Clashduv Road, Togher, Cork, at the time of her death. However, she was originally from Tralee, Co Kerry.

Her funeral took place in her hometown of Tralee on April 4. At her requiem mass, her sister Carly told mourners of Ms Collins's struggle with life, of her unfair share of suffering, her tendency to be hard on herself and her honesty and humour.

Ms Collins is survived by her parents Kay and Michael and her three sons Nick, Adam and Michael.

Irish Independent

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