Brian Veale, aged 31, with an address at Dominic St, near Shandon, in Cork City, and originally from Dungarvan, Co Waterford, was charged with the single count of murder.
Detective Garda Eimear Brennan arrested Mr Veale at 10.30am yesterday at Cork District Court and charged him with the murder of Graham Johnson at Cork Prison, Rathmore Road, in Cork City on May 16, 2015. The late Mr Johnson was 41 at the time of his death.
The detective gave evidence to Judge Con O’Leary of arresting, charging and cautioning the accused that he did not have to reply but that anything he might say would be taken down and given in evidence.
Det Garda Brennan said Mr Veale made no reply to the single charge when it was put to him.
Detective Sergeant Vincent O’Sullivan then served the book of evidence on Mr Veale.
Inspector Mary King applied to have the case returned for trial to the current sittings of the Central Criminal Court and Judge O’Leary granted the application.
Judge O’Leary said the issue of bail did not arise as only the High Court could deal with bail applications in murder cases.
He remanded Mr Veale in custody on the single charge while he also granted him free legal aid after being informed by Mr Veale’s solicitor, Eddie Burke, that his client was unemployed.
An inquest at Cork City Coroner’s Court in October heard that Mr Johnson, a native of Ardan in Bandon in West Cork, died from a single stab wound to the chest on May 16 last.
A father of three, Mr Johnson was nearing the end of a prison sentence after he was given a five-year term with one year suspended in November 2011 for robbery and larceny offences.