Friday 19 January 2018

Two women charged over murder of father-of-one

Friends and family of the deceased at his funeral
Friends and family of the deceased at his funeral

Andrew Phelan

TWO women have appeared in court charged with murdering a father-of-one who was found dead in his home in west Dublin.

Anna Marie Pezzillo (33) and Rachel Comiskey (34) were remanded in custody after they were arrested and brought to court charged in connection with the death of Ian Quinn two years ago.

Blanchardstown District Court heard they did not reply when the charges were put to them.

Ms Pezzillo, of no fixed address and Ms Comiskey, from Dodsboro Cottages, Lucan, are each charged with murder.

The charges allege that they murdered Ian Quinn (32) on May 30 to 31, at an apartment at Block B, Annaly Grove, Ongar Dublin 15.

Garda Paul Kirwan told Judge David McHugh this afternoon that he arrested Ms Pezzillo and she made no reply to the charge after caution. She was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

Detective Garda Sergeant Daniel Callaghan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to Ms Comiskey.

She also made no reply to the charge.

The gardai sought an adjournment pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

No bail application was made in either case because bail cannot be granted at district court level on a charge of murder.

Judge McHugh remanded the defendants in custody, to appear in Blanchardstown District Court again on January 17.

He also granted free legal aid following applications by solicitor John O'Doherty, for Ms Pezzillo, and solicitor Kelly Breen, who was representing Ms Comiskey.

There was no objection to legal aid by gardai.

Neither woman addressed the court during the brief hearing.

Mr Quinn, who was originally from Donomore Park, Tallaght was found dead by gardai at his Ongar apartment at around 4am.

Emergency services were called to the scene. A subsequent inquest into Mr Quinn's death was opened in November 2014 but was adjourned while criminal proceedings take place.

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