A 32 year old man has appeared in court this afternoon charged with the murder of a grandmother. Patricia O Connor's remains have been found scattered in the Wicklow Mountains since last Saturday. Her killing is alleged to have taken place at Mountain View Park between May 29th and May 30th last.
This afternoon Kieran Green of Mountain View Park in Churchtown appeared before Tallaght District Court charged with her murder. Judge Patricia McNamara was told Mr Green was charged at Bray Garda Station by Garda Ross Callaghan at 11.28 this morning and his reply after he was cautioned was ‘it was self-defence’.
The Judge noted as Mr Green is facing a murder charge, bail can only be sought in the High Court.
Mr Green, who was wearing a grey hoody and navy tracksuit bottoms, kept his head bowed and didn’t speak during the brief hearing. His solicitor Patrick McNeice asked that his client receive medical attention while in custody. He was also granted free legal aid as the court heard he is not working.
Gardai have been carrying out door to door inquiries, trying to track her last movements before she was murdered and her body parts scattered along a 20 to 30km stretch of the mountains. Locals have described the grandmother- who was in her early 60s - as a lovely, hardworking woman.
It's believed that the woman's body was driven to Kilmuckridge in Co. Wexford and an attempt made to bury her. Seven scenes in the area are sealed off where most of the victims body parts were recovered and searches are continuing.
Mr Green was remanded in custody to Cloverhill District Court via video link next Thursday.