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Thursday 26 April 2018

Husband of tragic Joanne is charged with her murder

Accused, Keith Lee
Accused, Keith Lee

The estranged husband of a woman who was found dead in a wardrobe in a south Dublin flat last month has been charged with her murder.

Keith Lee (42) appeared at a special sitting of Dublin District Court in the Criminal Courts of Justice yesterday charged in relation to the death of Joanne Ball last month.

Her body was discovered in a wardrobe in a flat in Ranelagh after gardai had been informed that she had gone missing.

Wheelchair

Mr Lee entered the court in a wheelchair as three members of Joanne's family looked on from the body of the court.

He was taken to court by a taxi as there was no garda vehicle available to accommodate his wheelchair.

Sergeant Jonathan Kelly, of Irishtown Garda Station, gave evidence that Mr Lee was arrested at that station at 10.37pm on Saturday and charged with murder.

Mr Lee did not make any reply to the charge, Judge Grainne Malone was told. He was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday, March 21.

Dressed in grey tracksuit bottoms and with both legs in black orthopaedic boots, and wearing a black jacket, Mr Lee could be seen to shake as he was sitting in the courtroom.

Bandaged

Looking gaunt and with an untidy beard, the accused lifted his left hand at one stage and his wrist could be seen to be bandaged.

He only spoke to confirm the name of his solicitor, Anarine McAllister, of Michael Staines and Company.

Ms McAllister applied for legal aid, and requested that her client be afforded medical attention, should it be required in the future.

Mr Lee was then driven from the court in the back of a wheelchair-accessible taxi under garda escort.

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