Book of evidence served on man accused of murdering Amy McCarthy

A book of evidence was served yesterday on a man accused of murdering a 22-year-old woman in Cork City last April.

Book of evidence served on man accused of murdering Amy McCarthy

Detective Sergeant Shane Bergin served a book of evidence on Adam O’Keeffe, aged 26, at Cork District Court yesterday.

On the application of Inspector Vincent O’Sullivan, Judge Olann Kelleher sent the accused forward on the single charge of murder to the Central Criminal Court.

It will now be a matter for that court to set a date for the murder trial.

Judge Kelleher told Mr O’Keeffe that if he wished to avail of an alibi defence whereby he might state that he was elsewhere at the relevant time, then certain notices had to be given to the prosecution of any alibi witness on whom he might be relying.

Once again, Mr O’Keeffe, wearing T-shirt and tracksuit pants, stared at the floor and was bent over to such an extent that he was barely visible in the dock at courtroom 1 at the Washington St courthouse.

The single count on which Mr O’Keeffe was charged last week states that, “On the 29th/30th of April 2017, both dates inclusive, at 36 Sheares Street, Cork City, in the District Court area of Cork City, District No. 19, did murder one Amy McCarthy, contrary to Common Law.”

Amy McCarthy
Amy McCarthy

The late Ms McCarthy was a mother of an infant son and she was 22 years old when she died.

The late Ms McCarthy was found in a second-floor room in a vacant office block on Sheares St, at the back of the Mercy University Hospital in Cork City, by paramedics at around 7am on April 30 last.

The paramedics had been called after the emergency services were alerted by a man in the derelict office building after he tried to wake Ms McCarthy on April 30 but failed to rouse her.

Members of the late Ms McCarthy’s family were in attendance at Cork District Court for the brief hearing.

Eddie Burke, defence solicitor, asked for free legal aid to be extended to cover the appointment of junior and senior counsel to represent the accused at the Central Criminal Court.

Judge Olann Kelleher acceded to that application.

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