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'I admit it' - son accused of killing his mother (88) told gardai, court hears

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A garda lays flowers at the scene

A garda lays flowers at the scene

Colin Keegan

A garda lays flowers at the scene

A son accused of killing his elderly mother at his home in north Dublin told arresting gardaí he was "guilty", a court has heard.

Brendan Murray (61) made the reply when charged with murdering his mother Neasa Murray (88).

Ms Murray, a widow and mother-of-five, was found dead at her son Brendan's home address at Kincora Court, Clontarf on Sunday, August 23.

He was brought before a special sitting of Dublin District Court yesterday evening after being charged by detectives at Clontarf Garda Station.

Pervert

Detective Sergeant David Ennis told the judge when he arrested Mr Murray for the purpose of charging him, he replied after caution: "I admit it."

He was then charged, at 6pm, and his reply after he was handed a copy of the charge sheet was "guilty, she was vile, she was a pervert", Det Sgt Ennis said.

He applied for a minor technical amendment to the charge sheet and defence solicitor Michael French made no objection. Det Sgt Ennis asked for the accused to be remanded in custody to Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Brennan noted that "in light of the nature of the charge", no bail application was being made. Bail cannot be granted at the district court on a murder charge.

Asking for an early remand date, Mr French said his client "suffers from serious mental health issues, I would like to monitor his progress".

He also asked for an urgent psychiatric assessment of the accused on his arrival in Cloverhill prison.

"It may be a situation where my client will be transferred elsewhere," Mr French said.

Judge Brennan said he was noting the reply to the charge, made the amendment as requested and remanded Mr Murray in custody, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on August 28, by video link.

He said this was for mention only pending the preparation of a book of evidence. The judge also directed a psychiatric assessment of the accused on his admission to Cloverhill prison.

The judge granted free legal aid after Mr French made an application and said the accused was in receipt of social welfare. There was no garda objection.

The accused, dressed in a blue sweater and grey tracksuit bottoms sat muttering and rocking back and forth, then repeatedly stood and blessed himself during the brief hearing.

After Ms Murray's body was found on Sunday night, paramedics rushed to the scene but, despite the efforts of the emergency services, she was pronounced dead.

Ms Murray's address was at nearby Kincora Drive and she was understood to have been living alone there following the death of her husband Charles in January 2018.