Tuesday 21 January 2020

Husband in court charged with the murder of his wife

Husband James Kilroy was remanded in custody
Husband James Kilroy was remanded in custody
The body of Valerie French Kilroy was found on Friday

A 46-year-old man was charged yesterday with the murder of his wife in Co Mayo.

James Kilroy appeared before Judge Fiona Lydon at a special sitting of Castlebar District Court.

He was charged in connection with the death of his wife, Valerie French Kilroy, a 41-year-old mother-of-three, whose body was discovered on Friday.

Det Sgt Michael Doherty told the court that Mr Kilroy was arrested at 11.45am yesterday and charged with murder at 12.45pm.

He made no reply when charged.

Insp Denis Harrington applied for a remand in custody to Harristown District Court on Friday.


Gary Mulchrone, defending, said there were serious concerns about the mental health of his client, which had become apparent since his detention.

He said Mr Kilroy was in immediate need of medical attention and a psychiatric evaluation.

Judge Lydon remanded Mr Kilroy in custody and recommended the medical attention sought by Mr Mulchrone.

Free legal aid was also granted during the hearing.

A small group of relatives and the Rev Val Rogers, a Westport-based Church of Ireland rector, were in court for the brief hearing.

Mr Rogers spoke briefly to Mr Kilroy before he was led away by detectives.

Mr Kilroy, of Kilbree Lower, Westport, was dressed entirely in dark clothing, which included a black hoodie- type garment.

Arrangements have yet to be finalised for the funeral of Ms French Kilroy, a popular HSE employee.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Saturday afternoon at Mayo General Hospital by the Acting State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan.

The results were not released for "operational reasons".

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