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Sunday 16 December 2018

Man (27) charged with murder of sport-mad dad after pub incident

Accused man Michael Dineen
Accused man Michael Dineen

A man has been charged with the murder of a father-of-four following an attack at a pub.

Michael Dineen (27) was charged before Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin at a special sitting of Mallow District Court.

Judge Ni Chonduin was told by Det Sgt James O'Shea that Mr Dineen made no reply when the charge was formally put to him at Fermoy Garda Station at 1.25pm yesterday.

Silent

Mr Dineen, of Ard Mhuileann, Ballinwillan, Mitchelstown, Co Cork, appeared in court wearing a grey and blue hoodie-type top and tracksuit bottoms.

He remained silent during the brief hearing, pausing only to confer with his solicitor.

Mr Dineen was charged with the murder last Friday of Patrick O'Donnell (36), at Willie Andies Pub on New Square, Mitchelstown, Co Cork.

As the charge involved is murder, bail can only be dealt with by the High Court.

Judge Ni Chonduin was told that the State's application was for a remand in custody.

She remanded Mr Dineen in custody, to appear again before Fermoy District Court on Friday.

The judge also directed, at the request of the defence legal team, that Mr Dineen should be provided with what- ever medical assistance he might require while in custody.

The court was told that he was already on medication before the alleged events.

Free legal aid was granted after the court heard Mr Dineen was in receipt of social welfare and had no other means of income.

Mr O'Donnell, a father of four whose youngest child was born four months ago, was pronounced dead at the scene before he could be transferred to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

A post-mortem was conducted at CUH by State Pathologist Prof Marie Cassidy.

While the results are being withheld by gardai for operational reasons, they indicated that Mr O'Donnell died from severe head injuries sustained in an assault.

Devoted

Prayers for the deceased were offered at all Masses in Mitchelstown yesterday.

Mr O'Donnell had been living at Stag Park, just outside Mitchelstown, on the Ballindangan Road, with his partner Leanne and their four children.

Known as 'Ginty' in Mitchelstown and Ballindangan, Mr O'Donnell was described locally as a man devoted to sport and the outdoors.

"He was a quiet lad. He loved hunting and you'd usually see him out and about with his dogs," one local person said.

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