Man charged with woman's manslaughter

A 43-YEAR-OLD man who was accused of the unlawful killing of Jean Scanlon at her home in Cork City said “I’m sorry” when he was charged.

Edward McKenna was charged with the manslaughter of Ms Scanlon at 33 Roches Buildings between January 2 and 3.

Detective Sergeant John Quilter, who arrested McKenna, objected to bail being granted to McKenna who had been living at 33 Roches Buildings for the past three months.

Det Sgt Quilter yesterday said he believed that, if McKenna was granted bail, he would flee to England.

McKenna replied “I’m sorry” when he was arrested, charged and cautioned on Sunday night.

Originally from Liverpool, he has been living in Cork for 12 years. Judge John O’Neill refused bail and remanded McKenna in custody until January 14.

Solicitor John Coleman was appointed to represent the accused on free legal aid. McKenna is unemployed and on social welfare.

In objecting to bail, Det Sgt Quilter said the defendant had no family ties in Cork and had been quite evasive when asked about his family ties in England. He said he believed McKenna would leave the jurisdiction if granted bail.

“I would not do that,” McKenna said when he got into the witness box to give evidence.

Inspector Charlie Barry asked the defendant if he had any previous convictions in England as he had none in Ireland.

McKenna replied that he had none in England either.

“There is nothing to stop you getting on a boat and going to England if you got bail,” Inspector Barry said during cross-examination.

“I have no need to do that.”

Mr Coleman said the defendant would be willing to sign on twice a day or more at his local garda station if granted bail.

Judge O’Neill said he had to take account of the garda authority’s concern in the matter and he refused bail.

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