Saturday 22 October 2016

Man (33) appears in court charged with murder of Natalie McGuinness (23)

Oisin Conroy
Oisin Conroy

A 33-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was charged with the murder of Natalie McGuinness this morning.

Oisin Conroy, of the Mews, Mail Coach Road, Co Sligo, appeared before a sitting of Sligo district court charged with the murder of the 23-year-old woman.

Dressed in a grey hoodie and wearing a bandage around his head, the accused didn't address the court throughout the hearing.

Giving evidence, Sgt Patrick Hearney said he arrested the accused at 12.05am this morning at Sligo garda station in relation to the death of Ms McGuinness.

At 12.54am he charged Oisin Conroy with murder, to which the defendant made no reply.

Inspector Paul Kilcoyne asked that Oisin Conroy be remanded in Castlerea prison and to appear before a sitting of Harristown court tomorrow morning.

However, counsel for the defence Keith O'Grady informed Judge Kilrane that there was no sitting at Harristown court tomorrow, and asked that the defendant to appear before Sligo court next Thursday.

Counsel for the defence asked that his client be afforded "urgent medical attention", and stated that he had previously received this while in garda custody.

Mr O'Grady also asked that his client receive a psychiatric evaluation which should be "done on a matter of urgency", and also requested that he be committed to the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum, Co Dublin.

Judge Kilrane inquired if the defendant was a suicide risk, to which Inspector Kilcyone replied "his wounds were self-inflicted", that he "had hurt himself with a weapon" and that Oisin Conroy was "a threat to himself".

The defendant was subsequently remanded on the order that he receive a psychiatric evaluation while in custody and that he be placed on suicide watch.

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