Woman facing murder trial found dead in Limerick

Woman facing murder trial found dead in Limerick

By David Raleigh

A woman who was to face trial for the murder of a father of three in Limerick was found dead today.

The body of Mary Lynch, 41, was discovered by her landlord in her basement flat on Cecil Street, Limerick City, around 9.30am.

She had been on High Court bail and was awaiting trial at the Central Criminal Court on a charge of murdering Paddy Redmond, 65.

Mr Redmond, who was estranged from his wife and three daughters, was found stabbed in the upper body at Mount Kennett Place, apartments in Limerick, on November 10, 2013.

Originally from Dublin, Mr Redmond had been living at different addresses in Limerick for a number of years and had moved to the Dock Road apartment complex more than 12 months before his murder.

Gardaí, responding to the complex around 2am on the morning in question, discovered him with a single stab wound at a neighbour's apartment.

He was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he died.

Last April, at a sitting of Limerick District Court, garda Sean Dixon served the State's book of evidence, which ran to three volumes, on Ms Lynch as she sat in the public gallery.

Ms Lynch, who was originally from the Midlands, was arrested in January last year and remanded in custody before been granted bail at the High Court a week later.

When she was charged with the murder, she replied "not guilty". She had been granted free legal aid by the courts.

Her solicitor John Devane previously requested that she receive all necessary psychiatric and medical help while in custody.

"She is on a regime of medicine that has to be strictly observed for her own health and well being," Mr Devane told Limerick District Court last January.

He had requested the State "act expeditiously...as Ms Lynch is unwell".

Gardaí said Ms Lynch was found hanging from railings outside her flat this morning. The scene was forensically examined by gardaí but no foul play is suspected.

A full post mortem will be carried out later at University Hospital Limerick.

A garda source said she was living alone and had been signing on three times a week at Henry Street garda station as part of her bail terms.

Gardaí believe Mr Redmond was stabbed to death after a drink-fuelled row at a neighbour’s flat.

Paramedics who were called to the scene had battled to save Mr Redmond's life but he died shortly afterwards from the injuries inflicted by the knife wound.

Mr Redmond lived alone but was discovered unconscious in a neighbour's flat. There were a number of other people in the flat at the time.

It was the second tragedy at the Mount Kennett apartment block in a short period of time.

Three months earlier a man in his 30s fell to his death from a fifth floor in the same building.

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