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Ex-partner of beauty therapist Nadine faces trial accused of murder

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Mother-of-one Nadine Lott died in hospital last December

Mother-of-one Nadine Lott died in hospital last December

Mother-of-one Nadine Lott died in hospital last December

A man has been sent forward for trial accused of the murder of his former partner Nadine Lott, who died after sustaining serious injuries in her Co Wicklow home.

Mother-of-one Ms Lott died last December 17 in St Vincent's Hospital, where she had been in a critical condition for the previous three days.

The beauty therapist was found with serious injuries at her home in St Mary's Court, Arklow, at around 4am last December 14.

Two days later, her ex-partner, Daniel Murtagh (32), of Melrose Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin, appeared at Bray District Court accused of a serious assault on Ms Lott.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

He had said "sorry" when that charge was put to him.

The case was later upgraded and a murder charge was brought, at which point Mr Murtagh was remanded in continuing custody.

Indictment

The district court heard "he made no reply" when the murder charge was brought.

Detective Garda Darren Mulhall said the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed trial on indictment.

Mr Murtagh faced his seventh hearing when he appeared again at Cloverhill District Court yesterday.

A book of evidence was served on the accused, who was told by Judge David McHugh that he was being returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

The judge told him he must notify the prosecution within 14 days if he intended to use an alibi in his defence.

Judge McHugh acceded to a request from defence solicitor Padraig O'Donovan to grant legal aid to include senior counsel representation.

He also agreed to the solicitor's request for continued psychiatric assessments of the accused.

Mr Murtagh, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, has yet to be given a date for his appearance before the Central Criminal Court, but it will take place in the next term, which runs from April 20 to May 28.

The judge also ordered that copies of video evidence be handed oto the defence.