Further remanded Man charged with murder of woman and her two children awaits book of evidence
The accused faced his seventh hearing today when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court
April 07 2021 04:36 PM
A man charged with the murders of a woman and two children at their south Co. Dublin home has been further remanded in custody for prosecutors to complete a book of evidence.
A murder investigation was launched following a post-mortem into the three deaths in October. Neither they nor the defendant can be named for legal reasons.
Gardai arrested a man in his 30s and charged him after which he made no reply.
The accused faced his seventh hearing today when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has formally directed trial on indictment in the Central Criminal Court.
Judge Blake remanded him in continuing custody to appear again on April 21 next.
A book of evidence needs to be completed and served on the accused before the district court can make a return for trial order.
The district court cannot consider a bail application in a murder case which requires an application in the High Court.
He was first held in custody on Nov. 30 by Judge Anne Watkin at Dun Laoghaire District Court.
Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Detective Sergeant White. He had told Judge Watkin that section 252 of the Children Act applied because two of the injured parties were juveniles.
The Court of Appeal’s recent interpretation of the legislation was that anonymity can also apply to deceased child crime victims.
The media was told by the judge at the man’s first hearing that there were reporting restrictions and a subsequent attempt to have them lifted was unsuccessful.
Meanwhile a bill to allow murdered children to be named once again has passed all stages in the Dáil and is awaiting Seanad approval.