Murder accused held in custody

A MAN and woman charged with the murder of a man whose body was recovered from the River Bandon have been further remanded in custody.

Ciprian Grozavu, aged 37, a Romanian national, and Catherine O’Connor, aged 35, originally from Kinsale in Cork, are both charged with the murder of 27-year-old Jonathan Duke at Bandon Bridge House, Bandon, Co Cork, on November 13.

There was tight security around Bandon District Court yesterday as the pair made their third court appearance in relation to the matter.

A crowd of about 30 people who were kept behind barriers shouted abuse as the two accused were led in to the courthouse just before 2pm.

Mr Duke’s mother, Michelle, sat at the back of the courtroom accompanied by a Garda liaison officer.

Inspector Gerry Lacey told Judge James McNulty that he would be applying to further remand Grozavu in custody.

His solicitor, Macaire McAuley Adams, said her client had no objection to the application.

Judge McNulty then remanded Grozavu in custody by consent to appear before Bandon District Court on January 16 next at 2pm.

Insp Lacey said it is unlikely that the book of evidence will be ready at that point and Judge McNulty agreed to mention the case on that date.

Insp Lacey then applied to further remand O’Connor in custody.

Her solicitor, Eddie Burke, told the judge that since her last appearance in the district court, his client has been granted bail by the High Court, subject to certain conditions.

He said she has, as of yet, not met all the conditions but that he expects they will be met soon.

Judge McNulty then remanded O’Connor in custody, with consent to bail, as set in the High Court, to appear before Bandon District Court on January 16.

Yesterday’s hearing lasted just under 10 minutes.

Abuse was hurled at the two accused again as they left the courthouse.

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