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Christina Anderson is accused of murdering Garreth Kelly as he started his car outside her home in Kingswood

Christina Anderson is accused of murdering Garreth Kelly as he started his car outside her home in Kingswood

Christina Anderson is accused of murdering Garreth Kelly as he started his car outside her home in Kingswood

A mother-of-three has been sent for trial accused of murdering a man in a knife attack as he started his car on a street in a Dublin housing estate.

Christina Anderson (39) was on a video link to the court when the judge returned her for trial for the killing of fath- er-of-seven Garreth Kelly, who was stabbed to death last February.

Quarantine

Ms Anderson is at the Central Mental Hospital and would have had to go through two weeks of Covid-19 quarantine if she had attended Dublin District Court in person.

Judge Paula Murphy sent her for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

Ms Anderson is accused of murdering Mr Kelly (39) on the street outside her home at Brownsbarn Wood, Kingswood, last February 25.

The case had been before the court for eight months, but she was too unwell to attend after her first appearance.

Yesterday, Ms Anderson, wearing a blue-grey sweater, could be seen on a TV monitor looking straight at the camera.

The remote video facility was enabled by new laws introduced last month.

Judge Murphy asked the accused if she could see and hear the court.

After a number of attempts to establish a connection, Ms Anderson said: "Yes, I can."

State solicitor Edward Flynn said the book of evidence was served on the accused on Thursday.

Detective Sergeant Dara Kenny said he had also submitted a copy of the book to defence solicitor Michael Kelleher.

Mr Flynn said the DPP was consenting to the accused being returned for trial, in custody, to the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court.

Judge Murphy then gave the accused the formal warning that she had 14 days to provide evidence of any alibi she intended to rely on at trial.

Asked if she understood this, Ms Anderson replied: "Yes."

The judge also ordered the prosecution to furnish the def-ence with copies of the acc-used's garda interview video and granted free legal aid.

"Thank you," the accused said at the end of the proceedings.

Mr Kelly, from Tallaght, had been living in Clondalkin and was believed to have been staying over at a house in the Brownsbarn estate at the time of his death.


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