Friday 24 January 2020

'Injured' inmate charged with Cloverhill murder

Victim Mark Lawlor
Victim Mark Lawlor

A man accused of killing a fellow inmate at Cloverhill Prison requires medical and psychiatric treatment, a court has heard.

Michael Connolly (51) replied: "I won't say anything. I'll leave that to my solicitor" after he was charged with the murder of Mark Lawlor at the weekend.

Judge Victor Blake remanded him in custody for a week when he appeared at Cloverhill District Court yesterday.

Mr Connolly must apply to the High Court for bail on a murder charge.

Defence solicitor Niall Lavery said his client had "suffered injuries" and Judge Blake directed that he receive all necessary medical, and in particular psychiatric, treatment when in custody.


The accused, formerly from Dundalk but now of Cloverhill Prison, was charged yesterday with the murder of Mr Lawlor.

The 37-year-old, from Ballymun, was found dead in his cell in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

Detective Sergeant Dara Kenny gave evidence to the court of arrest, charge and caution.

Mr Connolly, who was unshaven and wearing a pale grey tracksuit, did not address the court during the short hearing. He spoke briefly to his solicitor afterwards.

Sgt Kenny told the court a file was being prepared for the DPP and formal directions were outstanding on the charge.

Judge Blake assigned Mr Lavery on free legal aid. 

The court heard that Mr Connolly was on remand in Cloverhill Prison on a number of other matters, including allegations of assault and criminal damage.

The DPP's directions were also outstanding on those charges, and Mr Lavery said there was consent to a one-week adjournment for directions on those matters.

The case was adjourned until next Tuesday.

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