Saturday 24 March 2018

Gardai charge jobless man with murder of four

Barry Duggan

A 31-YEAR-OLD man will be brought to a special court sitting today after he was charged last night with the murders of a mother, her baby daughter, her infant son and another woman.

The unemployed man is to be prosecuted following the murders of Sarah Hines (25), her son, Reece (3) and baby daughter, Amy (five months) and Alicia Brough (20) at a semi- detached house in Newcastle West, Co Limerick earlier this week.

Originally from north Cork, he is expected to appear before a special sitting of Newcastle West district court this afternoon. He was charged last night and was held in Henry Street garda station overnight.

Senior officers in Limerick investigating the fatal stabbings are in constant contact with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) regarding the case.

Gardai received directions to charge the only person arrested for the murders shortly before 5pm yesterday evening. Security will be tight at the courthouse in the west Limerick town today.

Garda investigations at the murder scene at 18 Hazelcourt, Newcastle West, continued throughout yesterday.


Arrangements for the funerals of all four victims are continuing this weekend. The bodies of the two women and two children were returned to their families yesterday before lunch-time. Alicia Brough's removal will take place tomorrow evening at 7.30pm from Allen's funeral home to St Peter's Church in Rockchapel, Co Cork.

The funeral mass for the 20-year-old woman will take place on Monday at 2pm followed by private cremation.

Funeral details for Sarah and her two children have not yet been finalised.

It is expected that her funeral will take place in Tournafulla, Co Limerick over the coming days. The Hines family has lived in the west Limerick region for the last 10 years.

Irish Independent

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News