Two further remanded on murder charge

A MAN and a woman charged with the murder of a man in West Cork in November have been further remanded to appear in court again next month because of the complexity of the investigation.

Catherine O’Connor, 35, originally from Kinsale, and Romanian national Ciprian Grozavu, 37, with an address in Bandon, are charged with the murder of Jonathan Duke, 27, at Bridge House in Bandon on November 13.

The pair made their fourth court appearance yesterday at Bandon District Court in relation to the matter.

Crowd control barriers were erected outside but there were only about 20 people outside.

There is a legal limit on how long suspects can be held in custody while the book of evidence is being prepared and that limit was almost up for the two accused yesterday.

But Inspector Brendan Fogarty told Judge James McNulty that gardaí need more time to prepare the book of evidence because of the complex nature of the case.

Mr Grozavu’s solicitor, Eddie Burke, said he had no difficulty with the request. He asked if the book of evidence would realistically be ready by the next court hearing on February 10.

Insp Fogarty said he “could not say”.

Judge McNulty granted the Garda application and remanded Mr Grozavu in continuing custody at Limerick Prison.

He remanded Ms O’Connor, who has been granted bail by the High Court, on continuing bail.

Both are due to appear before the district court again on February 10.

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