Friday 21 October 2016

Woman awaiting trial for murder of father-of-three is found dead at her home

Mary Lynch was found dead in her flat
Mary Lynch was found dead in her flat

A woman who was to face trial for the murder of a father of three in Limerick has been found dead.

The body of Mary Lynch (41) was discovered by her landlord in her basement flat on Cecil Street, Limerick City, around 9.30am yesterday morning.

She had been on High Court bail and was awaiting trial at the Central Criminal Court on a charge of murdering Paddy Redmond (65).

Mr Redmond, who was estranged from his wife and three daughters, was found stabbed in the upper body at Mount Kennett Place in Limerick, on November 10, 2013.

Originally from Dublin, Mr Redmond had been living at different addresses in Limerick for a number of years and had moved to the Dock Road apartment complex more than 12 months before his murder.

Gardai, responding to the complex at around 2am on the morning in question, discovered him with a single stab wound at a neighbour's apartment. He was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick, where he lost his battle for life.

Last April, at a sitting of Limerick District Court, Garda Sean Dixon served the State's book of evidence, which ran to three volumes, on Ms Lynch as she sat in the public gallery.

Ms Lynch, who was originally from the Midlands, was arrested in January last year and remanded in custody before being granted bail at the High Court a week later.


When she was charged with the murder, she replied "not guilty".

Mary Lynch had been granted free legal aid by the courts.

Her solicitor John Devane had requested that she receive all necessary psychiatric and medical help while in custody.

"She is on a regime of medicine that has to be strictly observed for her own health and well-being," Mr Devane told Limerick District Court last January.

He had requested the State "act expeditiously", as "Ms Lynch is unwell".

Gardai said Ms Lynch was found dead outside her flat yesterday morning. The scene was forensically examined by gardai, but no foul play is suspected. A full post mortem will be carried out at University Hospital Limerick.

"She was found around 9.30am," said a source. "She wasn't well at all.

"She was found outside on the steps by the railings. She was living alone. She was signing on three times a week at Henry Street Garda Station as part of her bail terms," the source added.

Gardai believe Mr Redmond was stabbed to death after a drink-fuelled row at a neighbour's flat.

He lived alone, but was discovered unconscious in the flat. There were a number of other people there at the time.

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