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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Man charged with murder of gran who was dismembered told gardai it was 'self defence'

Kieran Green arrives at court charged with the murder of Patricia O’Connor
Kieran Green arrives at court charged with the murder of Patricia O’Connor

A man told gardai "it was self-defence" when he was charged with the murder of a Dublin grandmother.

Kieran Green (32) is alleged to have murdered Patricia O'Connor at the family home in south Dublin.

He is the partner of Ms O'Connor's daughter.

Ms O'Connor's dismembered remains were found scattered across a 30km area of the Wicklow mountains earlier this week. It is alleged she was killed at the end of last month.

Judge Patricia McNamara remanded Mr Green in custody. He will appear via video link at Cloverhill District Court next Thursday.

Missing

Mr Green must apply to the High Court for bail on a murder charge. The accused, of Mountain View Park, Churchtown, was brought by detectives before Tallaght District Court yesterday morning, charged with murder.

The killing of 61-year-old Ms O'Connor allegedly took place at Mountain View Park at a time unknown between May 29 and May 30.

Det Gda David Connolly said Mr Green was arrested at Bray Garda Station and charged, in his presence, at 11.28am yesterday by Gda Ross Callaghan.

Gda Connolly said Mr Green was handed a true copy of the charge sheet.

The officer said that in reply to the charge after caution, Mr Green said: "It was self- defence."

Ms O'Connor, a mother-of-two and a grandmother, worked as a chef in a south Dublin hospital. She was first reported missing on June 2, but at the time her disappearance was not considered suspicious.

Nine separate body parts have been found scattered in a 30 km area across the Wicklow Mountains in the past few days, including a head and arms in a plastic bag.

A family initially discovered the torso in a plastic bag near Military Road last Saturday and a major garda investigation was launched.

Those areas remained sealed off yesterday and garda searches are continuing in the surrounding area.

Judge McNamara noted that owing to the seriousness of the charge there was no question of bail being granted in the district court.

Defence solicitor Patrick McNeice asked that Mr Green receive medical attention while in custody.

Judge McNamara said she would note the request for medical assistance on the charge sheet, but that decision was for the prison authorities.

Mr McNeice applied for free legal aid. The court heard that Mr Green was not working and had an adult and four children as dependants.

Judge McNamara assigned Mr McNeice under the free legal aid scheme.

The dark-haired accused was unshaven and was wearing a grey hoodie top and navy tracksuit bottoms.

He stood in the dock but kept his head bowed during the proceedings.

He did not address the court during the short hearing.

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