Tuesday 24 October 2017

'I didn't mean to kill her. I'm sorry'

THE HUSBAND of mother of three Jacqueline McDonagh appeared at a special sitting of Dundalk District Court last Saturday charged with her murder.

Dressed in a grey hoodie, green polo shirt and black track- suit bottoms, 34-year-old Michael Quinn McDonagh sat with his head bowed as evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Detective Garda Joseph Ryan. Mrs McDonagh had been found dead in the family home at College Manor in the early hours of Wednesday last.

Detective Garda Ryan said he had arrested McDonagh of 54 College Manor at Dundalk Garda Station at 11.15pm on Friday, August 31. He had cautioned him after the charge and McDonagh replied: 'I didn't mean to kill her. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to kill anybody.'

Solicitor Mr Cathal O'Higgins, who represented the accused, said his client wished to apply for legal aid. He asked that his client, who was 'particularly vulnerable at this moment' receive medical treatment.

Judge Denis McLoughlin, pictured right, remanded McDonagh in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on Friday. He also recommended that he received a medical examination and appropriate treatment.

There was a strong garda presense in the courtroom, where members of the late Mrs McDonagh's family shouted accusations at her husband before and after the brief court hearing.