Murdered woman’s husband blocked from selling home

THE mother and daughter of a woman murdered in her home last week were granted an injunction by the High Court yesterday preventing the husband of the deceased selling the family home worth nearly €1 million.

Alan White, whose 43-year-old wife, Irene, was stabbed to death as she washed the dishes in the family home, is also restrained from interfering in any way with the assets forming part of the estate of his late wife. The couple were married in June 1998.

President of the High Court Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan was told Irene White was murdered in the family home at Ice House, Demense Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, on April 6 last. The inquiry is ongoing.

Yesterday's proceedings were taken by Maureen McBride, Ice House, Demense Road, Dundalk mother of the late Mrs White, and Jennifer McBride, aged 17, suing through her grandmother, Maureen McBride.

Under yesterday's court injunction, Mr White and all persons having notice of the making of the order are restrained from completing the sale of the premises at Ice House, Demense Road, until after Monday next, when the case will come back to court, or until further court order.

Mr White is also restrained from entering the premises at Ice House until the same date and from entering another premises at Knocknagoran, Omeath, Co Louth, stated to be the property of the late Irene White, until after Monday next.

He is also restrained from interfering in any way with any assets forming part of the estate of Irene White.

In an affidavit, Ms McBride said her late daughter, Irene, and her husband, Alan White, had been living apart since February last. Irene died without a will.

She believed Irene and Mr White had agreed to sell their family home at 10 Ice House, Demense Road, to Eircom Ltd for the purchase price of €925,000 and that the proceeds of the sale were to be divided equally between the parties.

Ms McBride said she and Jennifer McBride were apprehensive that unless restrained by the court, Mr White would transfer out of this jurisdiction monies received from the sale of the family home or other assets.

Seeking the orders, Sean Moylan SC, for the applicants, said the family home was in the sole name of Alan White.

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