Tuesday 21 November 2017

Face of woman assassin suspect

THIS is the first photo of the woman charged with murdering a father-of-two in west Dublin.

David Darcy (39) was shot dead outside his home at Cherry Orchard Avenue in Ballyfermot on the morning of November 28.

Rose Lynch (49) of Oakleigh Wood, Limerick, was charged with Mr Darcy's murder at Dublin District Court on December 20 last.


At that hearing, Detective Inspector Colm O'Malley told Judge William Hamill that he arrested Lynch at Ballyfermot Garda Station a day earlier and she was later charged.

She "had no reply after caution", the court heard.

Friends and family of Mr Darcy were present and sat quietly during the hearing, in which Det Insp O'Malley sought a remand in custody.

Dressed in a navy tracksuit, white top and white runners, with her hair tied back, Lynch looked straight ahead during the brief proceedings.

She spoke once when asked if she wanted to be granted free legal aid and to nominate a solicitor's firm to represent her.

"Yes, Cahir O'Higgins," Lynch said. Judge Hamill granted legal aid and remanded her in custody.

Defending solicitor Stephen O'Mahony asked the judge to recommend medical treatment in custody for his client.

When asked by the judge if that was necessary, Mr O'Mahony replied: "Potentially." The judge agreed to the request.

Lynch's next appearance in court was three days later when she was remanded in custody for a further month.

Cahir O'Higgins, solicitor for Lynch, said that he had no difficulty with the application.

But he requested that she be moved from the Dochas centre to be nearer her family.

He said that his client was a prisoner who would attract "special status," but did not go into details about why.


Mr O'Higgins said that a video link could be set up to deal with any transportation issues.

Judge Denis McLoughlin made a recommendation that Ms Lynch be transported to Limerick Prison to appear via video link.

However the Herald has learned that Lynch is still in custody at the Dochas Centre Women's Prison in north Dublin.

She will appear at Dublin District Court again next Friday.


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