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Killing suspect receiving ongoing care in hospital

A REFUGEE activist accused of murdering her partner at his Dublin home is receiving ongoing treatment at the Central Mental Hospital, a court heard.

Mercy Peters (41) will not be in a position to come to court for up to six weeks, her new solicitor Maura Kiely said.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the matter for one week to allow Ms Kiely to take instructions from her client.

Ms Peters, who is originally from Sierra Leone, is charged with the murder of her partner Tyrone McKenna at his home at Marlay Court, Rathfarnham, on July 17.

The couple had been involved in running a publication for refugees.


Mr McKenna's body was discovered at his home by his father, and a post-mortem confirmed he died from a stab wound.

Four weeks ago, Ms Peters was remanded in custody by a District Court judge who ordered that she was to receive medical and psychiatric attention.

When the case came before Dublin District Court yesterday, Ms Kiely said her client would not be able to come to court for between four and six weeks.

A letter from the Central Mental Hospital was handed in, saying Ms Peters is receiving ongoing medical treatment.

Judge Walsh adjourned the matter to next Thursday to allow Ms Kiely to speak to the accused.