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Grace Miano is in custody. Photo: Damien Eagers/INM

Grace Miano is in custody. Photo: Damien Eagers/INM

Grace Miano is in custody. Photo: Damien Eagers/INM

A woman charged with the murder of a man in south Dublin has been further remanded in custody after she was deemed unfit to attend court.

Grace Miano (50), who is accused of murdering Limbani Mzoma (27) in Foxrock, had the case against her adjourned in her absence for the directions of the DPP to be made available.

Kenyan national Ms Miano, of Tudor Lawns, Foxrock, is all-eged to have killed Mr Mzoma, from Malawi, at her house on November 1.

Mr Mzoma, also known as Robert, was found with several knife wounds.

Ms Miano was due to appear in court yesterday, following her first appearance before Dublin District Court last Sunday.

However, at Dun Laoghaire District Court, defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy said he had received an email from the governor of the Dochas Centre at Mountjoy Prison, where Ms Miano is in custody.

"The medical team deemed my client unfit to attend court for this morning's purposes," Mr Dunphy said. He had instructions to consent to a four-week adjournment.

Judge Anne Watkin said she was remanding the defendant in custody for the preparation of a book of evidence.

At Sunday's hearing, Det Sgt Colm O Giollain, of Cabinteely Garda Station, said Ms Miano made no reply when she was charged at 9.35pm the night before at Dun Laoghaire Station.

The defendant confirmed her name to the court and nodded when asked if she wanted Mr Dunphy to represent her.

Psychiatric

Mr Dunphy said during the previous court appearance that his client had been living in Ireland for a number of years and was in receipt of social welfare.

He also stated it was her wish that a psychiatric assessment be carried out.

However, the presiding judge at the time, Grainne Malone, said she did not have the authority to grant this request and it was a matter for the Dochas Centre to consider.

The court had heard Ms Miano complained of pains in her head and legs since being taken into custody. She had been seen by a doctor at the station "on several occasions".

The accused was granted free legal aid and no bail application was made, as bail on a murder charge can only be granted in the High Court.

It is understood Mr Mzoma, who had been in Ireland for a number of years, suffered stab wounds to his neck, chest and back in an upstairs room.


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