Man remanded after being charged with murder of Cork woman

Olivia Dunlea's house in Passage West.

A 36-year old man has been charged with the murder of Cork mother of three Olivia Dunlea.

Darran Murphy of Dan Desmond Villas, Passage West, Cork appeared before Cork District Court this afternoon.

Garda Anthony Harrington told the court that he arrested Darran Murphy at his home on Sunday evening and brought him to Togher Garda Station.

He charged him today with the murder of Olivia Dunlea at her home at Pembroke Crescent last Sunday.

The court heard that the 36-year-old accused made no reply to the charge.

Inspector Finbarr O'Sullivan said that the DPP directed that the case go to trial and a book of evidence will need to be prepared.

Judge Leo Malone remanded the accused in custody until this Thursday.

Darran Murphy's solicitor Emmet Boyle applied for a psychiatric examination to be carried out on his client.

Olivia Dunlea's body was found inside her home after a fire broke out on Sunday morning.

A post mortem later concluded that she died from stab wounds.

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