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Sunday 17 December 2017

Man (40) detained as gardai make their fifth arrest over gran's death

Kieran Green was charged with the murder of Patricia O’Connor – now another man has been detained and is being questioned
Kieran Green was charged with the murder of Patricia O’Connor – now another man has been detained and is being questioned

Gardai investigating the alleged murder of Dublin grandmother Patricia O'Connor made their fifth arrest in the case yesterday morning.

A 40-year-old man was arrested in the Rathfarnham area and was still being questioned at Bray Garda Station in Co Wicklow last night. It is understood that the suspect was known to the deceased.

Ms O'Connor (61), a mother-of-two, worked as a chef in a hospital in south Dublin. She was first reported missing on June 2, but it was not initially treated as suspicious.

A garda investigation was launched on June 10 after walkers discovered a torso near Enniskerry in the Wicklow Mountains.

The dismembered remains of Ms O'Connor, from Rathfarnham, were later found in different locations.

Searches

Nine separate sets of body parts were found scattered in a 30km area across the Wicklow Mountains, including a head and arms in a plastic bag.

A large section of the Military Road was closed for days while searches were carried out.

Another man has already been charged in relation to the investigation. Kieran Green, of Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham, appeared in court charged with her murder, alleged to have happened at the accused's address on May 29 or 30.

Mr Green (32), who is the partner of Ms O'Connor's daughter, claimed "it was self-defence" when he was charged with Patricia's murder.

At his latest court appearance, Mr Green was further remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court tomorrow.

He had been granted legal aid after the district court was told he was on social welfare and has an adult and four children as dependants.

Earlier this month, three other people were arrested in relation to the murder but later released without charge after being questioned in Bray and Wicklow town garda stations.

This trio were also well known to Ms O' Connor.

On September 2, a 73-year-old man was arrested in Co Meath and two women, aged 19 and 38, were arrested in south Dublin. They spent 24 hours in custody before being released and a file will now be prepared for the DPP.

Bray gardai are leading the investigation, which is also being backed up by officers from Rathfarnham and the gardai's National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Quiet

Ms O'Connor's funeral was held in private in late June.

Her family revealed that her remains were cremated in a low-key ceremony away from the spotlight as the case continued to make headlines.

"It was deliberately quiet so her family, including her grandchildren, could grieve in peace away from the public glare," said Patricia's daughter Louise.

She added that the family had yet to decide what to do with Patricia's ashes.

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