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Brother and sister appear in court on murder charge


 Sabrina Cummins. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Sabrina Cummins. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Sabrina Cummins. Photo: Doug O'Connor

A BROTHER and sister have appeared in court charged with the murder of a 63-year-old man at his south Dublin home.

Kenneth Cummins (26) and his sister Sabrina Cummins (36) were remanded in custody this morning after they were brought before Dublin District Court accused of murdering Thomas Horan.

They were both arrested following the death of Mr Horan, whose body was found in a bedroom of his apartment in sheltered accommodation for senior citizens in Ringsend.

The discovery was made on Monday.

The accused, both of the same address at Ringsend Park, Dublin 4, are charged with murdering Mr Horan at Cambridge Court, Ringsend on January 6 last.



Judge Michael Walsh remanded them in custody after hearing neither of the accused replied to the charges after caution. The defendants had been arrested on the northside of the city on Wednesday afternoon and taken for questioning to Donnybrook and Irishtown garda stations.

In evidence today, Garda Bryan Hunt said he arrested Kenneth Cummins at 2.58pm at Old Cabra Road on January 8 and brought him to Irishtown Garda Station.

He was detained until last night and made no reply to the charge after caution at 8.45pm.

Mr Cummins's solicitor Michael Hennessy consented to a one-week remand in custody and asked Judge Walsh to direct medical attention for his client.

He also applied for legal aid, saying the accused was not working.

Dert Gda David Wogan said he arrested Sabrina Cummins at 2.49pm at Cabra Cross on January 8 and she also made no reply when charged at Donnybrook Garda Station yesterday evening.

Her solicitor Michael French also applied for legal aid and asked Judge Walsh to direct immediate medical attention for her while she is in custody.

"The seriousness of the situation is not lost on her", Mr French added.

Judge Walsh made the requested orders.

He remanded the defendants in custody to appear in court on January 16.