Mother accused of murdering her three children will face trial in Central Criminal Court

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has formally directed that a mother accused of murdering her three young children at their home in Dublin will face Central Criminal Court trial.
Mother accused of murdering her three children will  face trial in Central Criminal Court
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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has formally directed that a mother accused of murdering her three young children at their home in Dublin will face Central Criminal Court trial.

The bodies of Deirdre Morley's sons Conor, 9, and Darragh, 7, and her daughter Carla, 3, McGinley were discovered in their home at Parson’s Court in Newcastle, just before 8pm on January 24 last.

Ms Morley, 43, was remanded in custody by Dublin District Court five days later, with an order that she would receive a psychiatric assessment while in prison custody. Ms Morley, a nurse at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, in Dublin, was charged with three counts of murder.

She has been in the Central Mental Hospital (CMH) since her first hearing.

She has been unable to attend eight subsequent remand hearings, and again today.

A sick note was furnished to Judge Bryan Smyth by the Prison Service.

He remanded her in continuing custody in her absence to appear again on July 22 next.

A state solicitor told the court the DPP has directed trial on indictment, in the Central Criminal Court.

A book of evidence has to be prepared before she can be returned for trial.

File photo. Picture: iStock
File photo. Picture: iStock

Defence solicitor Jonathan Dunphy was granted an order for gardaí to give him 48-hours notice, once the book of evidence is ready, so he can arrange for his client to attend court.

Earlier, the solicitor told the court there was a doctor’s report stating, “my client has been deemed fit to plead and the matter will go through the normal procedure”.

The district court cannot grant bail in a murder case.

Ms Morley was found by a taxi driver near her house shortly before the children’s bodies were discovered. She was treated for days at Tallaght University Hospital before she was charged.

The children’s father Andrew McGinley arrived home at the same time gardaí and paramedics reached the house and when they went inside they found the three children dead.

A note had been left to urge whoever came through the door of the family home not to proceed any further but to call gardaí instead.

“She made no reply in response to each of the charges and was handed a copy of charge,” Detective Sergeant Dara Kenny had said at Ms Morley’s first hearing on January 29 last.

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