Duo charged with Bandon murder

TWO people have been charged with the murder of a man in Bandon, Co Cork.

Duo charged with Bandon murder

Gardaí whisked the pair, both in their 30s, into a special sitting of Bandon District Court as up to 400 people gathered outside, shortly before 6pm.

Catherine O’Connor, aged 35, of 3 Bridge House in Bandon, and Ciprian Grozavu, aged 37, a Romanian national with the same address, were formally charged with the murder of Jonathan Duke, 27, at Bridge House in Bandon on November 13.

Mr Duke’s body was recovered from the River Bandon on Sunday.

O’Connor and Grozavu sat side by side for the seven-minute hearing.

Wearing a black dress, black tights and Ugg boots, O’Connor sported a tattoo on her left cheek. She leaned over to speak to Grozavu several times during the hearing. He was wearing a black top and grey tracksuit pants.

Detective Garda Michael Brosnan gave evidence of arrest, charge and caution, and said O’Connor replied “no” when the murder charge was put to her.

Garda Kieran Murphy told the court that in a reply to the same charge, Grozavu said: “I didn’t do it.”

Solicitor for O’Connor, Eddie Blake, requested a psychiatric evaluation of his client. He said she was on medication prescribed by her doctor and he requested this medication be made available to her in custody.

He requested that O’Connor receive a psychiatric evaluation upon arrival at Limerick Prison. “I would request that she be assessed by a psychiatrist. There would be a [psychiatric] history with her.”

He also made an application for legal aid and said that it was appropriate given O’Connor’s “very modest circumstances”.

Judge James McNulty granted the application for legal aid and directed that the governor at Limerick prison make arrangements for her psychiatric evaluation “without delay”.

He declined to make an order to furnish O’Connor with her medication as a medical assessment would be made in Limerick.

Grozavu was also granted legal aid following a request by his solicitor, Macaire McCauley Adams.

Judge McNulty remanded the pair in custody to appear before the court again on Monday.

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