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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Man (68) in court charged with the murder of partner

Flowers at the scene
Flowers at the scene

A Dublin man has appeared in court charged with murdering his partner who was found dead in their home in the south of the city.

Desmond Duffy (68) was remanded in custody after he was arrested and charged with killing Des Sullivan (59), whose body was discovered at the house earlier this year.

He had sustained serious neck injuries.

Arrested

Dublin District Court heard Mr Duffy told gardai he was "not guilty" when arrested and charged. Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the case and the accused was due to appear in court again today.

Mr Duffy is charged with murdering Mr Sullivan at their Summerville Park home, in Rathmines on May 23.

Yesterday, Detective Inspector George McGeary of Terenure Garda Station told Judge Walsh he arrested the accused at his home and took him to Rathmines Garda Station where he was charged.

Mr Duffy's reply after caution was: "Nothing to say until I speak to my solicitor. Not guilty," Det Insp McGeary said.

Defence solicitor Anarine McAllister asked Judge Walsh to adjourn the case for a day.

There was no bail application as bail cannot be granted on a murder charge in the district court.

Ms McAllister applied for free legal aid on Mr Duffy's behalf and handed a statement of his financial means in to court.

Det Insp McGeary said there was no garda objection to legal aid.

Judge Walsh granted legal aid and assigned solicitor Michael Staines.

Unresponsive

He remanded Mr Duffy in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court.

The accused, wearing a cream and black anorak, check shirt, blue jeans and black shoes remained silent throughout the brief hearing.

Mr Sullivan was discovered in an unresponsive state at his home off the Upper Rathmines Road.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Sullivan had previously worked in a charity shop.

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