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State has two weeks in case against care worker in kill probe

THE State has been given two weeks to finish preparing its case against a care worker accused of impeding an investigation into the murder of a man in north Dublin four years ago.

Siobhan Whitaker (24) had the case against her adjourned for a third time after a court heard the book of evidence was still not ready.

She was arrested at Dublin Airport last month in connection with the stabbing to death in 2009 of 21-year-old Maurice Martin in Finglas.

Mr Martin was attacked and repeatedly stabbed during a fight in Finglas on June 11, 2009, after being at a house party in the area. He was later found dead at the junction of Cardiffsbridge Road and Tolka Valley Road in Finglas.

Whitaker was remanded in custody after being refused bail both in the District Court and at High Court level.

Judge David McHugh agreed to the adjournment after Blanchardstown District Court heard the book of evidence in the case was being typed.

The accused, who is originally from Finglas but lives in Maida Vale in London, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

She is charged that, at Valeview Drive in Finglas on June 12, 2009, she impeded the apprehension of an individual who she knew or believed to be guilty of Maurice Martin's murder.

A State Solicitor told the court the book of evidence was not yet ready but the prosecution was still within the 42 day limit for its preparation.

ANXIOUS

Defence Solicitor Aoife Bambury said there was consent to the adjournment, but the accused was anxious to expedite matters as she was still in custody having been refused bail.

The State solicitor said the book had been sent to be typed and added: "I can't guarantee that it will be ready on the next date but I am hopeful."

Judge David McHugh said he expected the book to be ready on the next date and remanded the accused in custody, to appear in court again on May 30.

aphelan@herald.ie


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