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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Daughter quizzed over death of mum Patricia

Louise O’Connor was questioned by gardai and released
Louise O’Connor was questioned by gardai and released

The daughter of a Dublin grandmother, who was killed and dismembered, has been questioned by gardai in relation to the case.

Louise O'Connor (38), and two other people well known to Patricia O'Connor (61), were arrested and released without charge.

The grandmother's dismembered remains were discovered across the Wicklow mountains over a number of days in June.

A man is currently before the courts in relation to her death.

A 19-year-old woman was also arrested on Saturday in the capital, while a 73-year-old man was detained in Co Meath.

All three were questioned for 24 hours at Bray and Wicklow Garda Stations, before being released without charge.

Files are now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in relation to the arrests. The grandmother was reported missing on June 2, and her partial remains were located more than a week later at sites across rural Wicklow.

Days after the initial discovery, her decapitated head and her hands were discovered in a plastic bag.

In a previously unpublished interview, the victim's daughter Louise O'Connor revealed how her family had been forced to bury her mother in private, due to the media attention the case received.

Homeless

She said she and her children had been left homeless for two weeks after the murder, as gardai carried out forensic examinations of her home.

"I know that come the trial there will be plenty to say, but people are just printing stories now because people want to know everything about us," she told the Sunday World.

"I'm praying to God now that the council will get us out of this house.

"Can you believe my children have to stay here? We were out on the street when the house was sealed off.

"But they said it would take two weeks for them to get me a hotel room even though we had nowhere to go.

"I stayed in people's houses on floors here, there and everywhere. I've children, the eldest is 19 and the youngest is three.

"But they put us out on the street and I'm waiting to hear now whether they are going to bump me down the list.

"It is a joke, it is," Louise O'Connor added.

Asked about how her neighbours had reacted since her mother's death, she said some people have been lovely.

Horrible

"But you have some people who are just horrible, saying how could I stay here?," she said.

"But I don't have a choice. We have nowhere to go.

"I have a health nurse and a psychologist trying to help find accommodation.

"We wanted the grandkids to be able to go to the funeral without the media being there.

"So we didn't make it public knowledge It was very small and very simple," Louise O'Connor added.

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