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Christina Anderson was ‘very anxious to appear’ in court

Christina Anderson was ‘very anxious to appear’ in court

Christina Anderson was ‘very anxious to appear’ in court

A mother-of-three accused of murdering a man in a knife attack in a Dublin housing estate is "on the verge of being well" enough to attend court, a judge has been told.

Christina Anderson (38) is charged with murdering father-of-seven Garreth Kelly (39), who was stabbed on a street in the west of the city in February.

Mr Kelly had been trying to start his car to go to work when he sustained fatal wounds and died at the scene.

Ms Anderson, of Brownsbarn Wood, Kingswood, is charged with murdering Mr Kelly last February 25.

She was remanded in custody in her absence for another two weeks by Judge Dermot Dempsey at Dublin District Court.

The accused has been detained at the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) and was medically unfit to be taken to court after her first appearance.

Anxious

Yesterday was her fourth court date on the charge.

A state solicitor said the investigation file was still being awaited by the DPP, and she sought a further two-week adjournment.

Ms Anderson's solicitor, Michael Kelleher, said the defence had been in touch with the hospital, and "she is on the verge of being well, we expect in the next week or so".

He said the accused had not been present since the first day and was "very anxious to appear in court".

Mr Kelleher consented to the adjournment to April 15.

A judge has already ordered the accused to be medically and psychiatrically assessed.

Detective Sergeant Dara Kenny previously said Ms Anderson made no reply when charged.

Mr Kelly was believed to have been staying with his partner at another house in the estate at the time of his death.