Monday 26 February 2018

Son (19) charged with mother's murder

The Dunne home in North Kerry
The Dunne home in North Kerry
Patrick Dunne has been charged with his mother's murder
Susan was actively involved in Autism Action
The family home in Lixnaw
Susan Dunne

A 19-YEAR-old man was brought before Killarney District Court this morning charged with the murder of Susan Dunne.

Patrick Dunne of Ballingeragh, Lixnaw, Co Kerry was charged with the offence at Ballinageragh, Lixnaw on or about November 27.

Det Sgt John Heaslip said he arrested the accused at Listowel Garda Station at 8.24pm last night and charged and cautioned him at 9.09pm.

He made no reply to the charge.

Wearing a green jumper and grey shirt over dark trousers, the 19-year-old was brought to court by gardai and sat next to a female member during the short hearing.

Judge Olan Kelleher remanded him in custody to St Patrick's Institution to appear again before Listowel District Court on Wednesday.

Solicitor Patrick Enright put the court on notice that he would be making an immediate application for bail.

He also asked the court that Mr Dunne receive any medical attention he requires while in detention and that the court would take cognisances of his special needs.

He said Mr Dunne had been in the "special needs system" for a number of years.

He also applied for legal aid, saying Mr Dunne was in receipt of disability allowance.

The accused father, Bill Dunne was in court for the hearing as were members of Kerry Autism Action, who sat in the public gallery throughout the hearing.

Remanding Mr Dunne in custody, Judge Kelleher that he also receive any necessary treatment.

By Majella O'Sullivan

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