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Friday 20 October 2017

Two women face trial over murder of dad in his home

Anne Marie Pezzillo was remanded in custody
Anne Marie Pezzillo was remanded in custody

Two women are to stand trial charged with murdering a father-of-one who was found dead in his west Dublin home.

Anna Marie Pezzillo (33) and Rachel Comiskey (34) were remanded in custody yesterday after they were brought to court charged in connection with Ian Quinn's death more than two-and-a-half years ago.

Blanchardstown District Court heard that they did not reply when the charges were put to them.

Ms Pezzillo, of no fixed address, and Ms Comiskey, from Dodsboro Cottages, Lucan, are each charged with murder.

The charges allege that they murdered Mr Quinn (32) on May 30 to 31, 2014, at an apartment at Block B, Annaly Grove, Ongar, Dublin 15.

Gda Paul Kirwan told Judge David McHugh that he arrested Ms Pezzillo and she made no reply to the charge after caution.

Det Sgt Daniel Callaghan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution in relation to Ms Comiskey. She also made no reply.

Bail

The gardai sought an adjournment pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

No bail application was made in either case because bail cannot be granted at district court level on a charge of murder.

Judge McHugh remanded the defendants in custody to appear at Blanchardstown District Court again next Tuesday.

He also granted free legal aid following applications by solicitor John O'Doherty, for Ms Pezzillo, and solicitor Kelly Breen, who was representing Ms Comiskey.

There was no objection to legal aid by gardai.

Neither woman addressed the court during the brief hearing.

Mr Quinn, who was originally from Donomore Park, Tallaght, was found dead by gardai at his apartment in Ongar at around 4am.

Emergency services were called to the scene.

A subsequent inquest into Mr Quinn's death was opened in November 2014 but was adjourned while criminal proceedings take place.

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